Chet Lowther on His New Book "Trumpty Dumpty and the Great Wall"
Updated: Nov 3
Available online and in major bookstores Fall 2020 from Black Crown Books, a new imprint of Guest Room Press.
An anonymous reviewer says of the book: “This book is about a great wall, a fabulous wall, a much better wall than the one in Jina, built by the Greatest Wall Builder in history, a stable genius, this guy. He knows more about walls than anybody. I didn’t read it past the cover, too many words, but I’m sure it ends well. These things always do. It’s fabulous. It’s a fabulous book. It’s going to be huge. Five stars!”
Interview with the Author
Q: How did the character of Trumpty Dumpty first come about in your work?
Chet Lowther: I started Trumpty shortly after the last election. It was probably some sort of coping mechanism. I was in disbelief that we had elected such a character as President. Trump provides lots of inspiration for satire. Q: What medium do you most often work with? What did you use for Trumpty?
Chet Lowther: I work with a variety of mediums, en caustic, oil, acrylic, sculpture, etc. I started Trumpty with gouache, but ended up using liquid acrylic and pen Q: You’re a visual artist, not an author, so how did this evolved into a book?
Chet: I am not an author, but I am a songwriter. Once I got the idea, the verse and images poured out, which often happens in the songwriting process. Q: When did you know you wanted to paint Trump?
Chet: My first painting of Trump was during the 2016 campaign, a huge portrait for a black-light show at a local gallery. It was my first and last black-light painting. Then, they had a propaganda-themed show at that same gallery, so I painted Trump as “Uncle Sham." Q: Do you often paint political figures? I know you have some work of the infamous coal baron Don Blankenship. Why paint Don?
Chet: I hadn't done much political work since the Bush administration, way back when I mistakenly thought things couldn’t get any worse. I carved a series of caricature pumpkins dubbed the "Repumplicans." Don Blankenship was the first in a series that I planned using dollar signs in a pointillist style, the series was going to be called “Portraits of American Greed." I soon realized I would never run out of material. Q: Are there any connections or parallels in your mind between those two figures? Don Blankenship and Donald Trump?
Chet: Both men put profit over people and represent the darkest side of Corporate America. Q: What made you want to seek publication for Trumpty Dumpty?
Chet: I think there could be a market for it. Q: What is it like seeing the final product of your work?
Chet: It feels really good to see the final product. I have a real sense of relief that I finally finished it. Q: Do you think these sorts of satirical books play an important role in public discourse surrounding elections?
Chet: I think satire is important, if we couldn’t laugh once in a while we would constantly be cursing or crying. Q: Your book is very critical of the administration as a whole, how do you feel about Trump or his fans seeing it?
Chet: I hope Trump sees it, a tweet about it would be great publicity. Hopefully his fans might have a sense of humor. I mean, they worship a cartoon character, so they must.
Q: Do you think you'll write another book?
Chet: I don’t have plans to write another book. I sure hope I don’t need to write a sequel unless it's called, “Trumpty…… from the White House to the Big House." I wouldn’t mind writing that one.
Author and Illustrator of Trumpty Dumpty and The Great Wall