Dick Fuld was the man at the helm when Lehman Brothers went belly up and vanished. He was especially valued in the world of Wall Street CEOs because he actually looked like a vile, evil being. He seemed to live up to his nickname “the Gorilla” quite nicely, and with more than a perverse bit of pride. Behind his back he was also called “Lemony Snicket”, a moniker he supposedly wasn’t terribly fond of. He currently spends most of his time holed up in his luxurious compound in Sun Valley, Idaho, planning his next move in a lifelong campaign to bring suffering to the ordinary people of the United States and the World. I drew him with just a pinch of grotesque exaggeration.
Can you explain some of the symbols you have used in your charicature?
the pin,the growth on the forehead which I cannot make out very well, and the forks in the background. For someone nicknamed “the gorilla” he looks more lizard-like!
I wish I could claim the drawing has deep symbolism, but I just wanted to add some things that made him more grotesque. The pin has a reference to an demonic pentagram, the arrows all point down as a nod to the stock market reference and the pitchforks are an allusion to an angry mob. I never saw the “gorilla” thing either, I guess that is more of a reference to his character that his look, which is indeed reptilian and slimy. the forehead pins are frankensteinian (?!) and the forehead growth was going to be a horn, but that was too much, so I cut it back. It now looks more like a salt shaker, but it might grow out.
Richard Fuld-American Dickhead
RICHARD FULD-AMERICAN DICKHEAD 2010
Pencil on paper 30" by 27"