Joe Fournier has been able to share with us his unique take on American life, love, and politics through an extraordinarily strong sense of narration and an array of satirical characters. Joe’s art easily traverses the shifting currents in modern politics and conflicting social norms.  He has limited his color palette to just a few hues, which pushes the focus of each piece to his cutting wit and sensitivity which is the strength of this artist. Joe Fournier is a uniquely authentic illustrator using an uncommon yet compelling visual language to help us relate to an extremely divisive counter-cultural climate. 

Joe Fournier grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. He studied music at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Wisconsin, focusing on the saxophone and contemporary composition. While studying music in India, he nearly cut a finger off and had to temporarily sideline his music career. While convalescing he started drawing to pass the time and things took off from there. Joe has gone on to become an award-winning illustrator and animator. Publishing with the likes of Playboy Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, The Sun-Times, Forbes Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Gotham, Newsday, Musician, L.A. Weekly, Premiere Magazine, and various other publications. 

Joe’s animations have appeared in festivals, both national and international, The National Gallery of Art, The Library of Congress, Blockbuster compilations, a charity program for Afghan refugees, the Star Wars fan film competition on the Sci‐Fi (SyFy) Channel, and the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. 

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  • Robert Mizek
    Robert Mizek
    Your Sunday May 2nd cartoon about Tim Scott misrepresented what he said. He was calling for unity and an honest discussion of the problems this country faces. I applaud that even if I don’t agree with everything else hensaid. We’re a better country when we try to find common ground instead of vilifying others that aren’t in lock-step with our opinions, regardless whether someone identifies as a Liberal, Progressive, Libertatian, or Conservative. You should try it sometime Joe instead of further stoking the fires of division. Here’s a link to Scott’s speech: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/us/politics/tim-scott-rebuttal-transcript.html I hope you post it give your other fans the chance to read it and decide for themselves. Hey Robert, I think you're seeing something in my piece that is not there. The rebuttal is to show what the other party plans to do. The rebuttal offered by Scott gave absolutely no plan whatsoever. I'm all for inclusion, but the republicans literally sleeping through Biden's speech tells the story of how receptive they are to the idea.

    Your Sunday May 2nd cartoon about Tim Scott misrepresented what he said. He was calling for unity and an honest discussion of the problems this country faces. I applaud that even if I don’t agree with everything else hensaid. We’re a better country when we try to find common ground instead of vilifying others that aren’t in lock-step with our opinions, regardless whether someone identifies as a Liberal, Progressive, Libertatian, or Conservative. You should try it sometime Joe instead of further stoking the fires of division.
    Here’s a link to Scott’s speech: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/us/politics/tim-scott-rebuttal-transcript.html I hope you post it give your other fans the chance to read it and decide for themselves.

    Hey Robert,
    I think you're seeing something in my piece that is not there. The rebuttal is to show what the other party plans to do. The rebuttal offered by Scott gave absolutely no plan whatsoever. I'm all for inclusion, but the republicans literally sleeping through Biden's speech tells the story of how receptive they are to the idea.

  • Linda Clouse
    Linda Clouse
    I cannot remember an editorial cartoon of yours that I did not think had a worthwhile message, and, in fact, I have saved many of them that I found particularly meaningful. Unfortunately, as a 73-year-old married to a 79-year-old, I was somewhat offended by The Great Vaccine Hunters in today's Chicago Tribune. Both my husband and I were very active, pro-active, contributing members of society a year ago. The Covid-19 pandemic has reduced us to stay-at-home seniors. However, we do not use walkers or drive 42-year-old cars. The strip was very demeaning to seniors who have relentlessly pursued every opportunity to be vaccinated so they can resume their active lives. Linda, Forgive me if I was ham-handed in my depiction of the elderly. My point was that the state was not communicating properly with them to expedite their vaccinations. Largely, the older community has been endlessly frustrated in their efforts to get appointments. Don't give upon me, I will try harder. Take care, Joe

    I cannot remember an editorial cartoon of yours that I did not think had a worthwhile message, and, in fact, I have saved many of them that I found particularly meaningful. Unfortunately, as a 73-year-old married to a 79-year-old, I was somewhat offended by The Great Vaccine Hunters in today's Chicago Tribune. Both my husband and I were very active, pro-active, contributing members of society a year ago. The
    Covid-19 pandemic has reduced us to stay-at-home seniors. However, we do not use walkers or drive 42-year-old cars. The strip was very demeaning to seniors who have relentlessly pursued every opportunity to be vaccinated so they can resume their active lives.

    Linda,
    Forgive me if I was ham-handed in my depiction of the elderly. My point was that the state was not communicating properly with them to expedite their vaccinations. Largely, the older community has been endlessly frustrated in their efforts to get appointments. Don't give upon me, I will try harder.
    Take care,
    Joe

  • Katy Schueman
    Katy Schueman
    I follow your art in the Chicago Tribune. You added to my store of knowledge by making a reference to Alan Turning. Never did any serious study of mathematicians so I did some research (being a retired librarian) on Alan Turing so I would understand your message. So I now have an appreciation for his life and his groundbreaking work and the unconscionable prejudice he faced. So sad that he died at age 41. Thank you for honoring him and helping all of us to recognize his achievements.

    I follow your art in the Chicago Tribune. You added to my store of knowledge by making a reference to Alan Turning. Never did any serious study of mathematicians so I did some research (being a retired librarian) on Alan Turing so I would understand your message. So I now have an appreciation for his life and his groundbreaking work and the unconscionable prejudice he faced. So sad that he died at age 41. Thank you for honoring him and helping all of us to recognize his achievements.