Sally Artz was born in north London on 14 March 1935, the daughter of Benjamin Artz, a painter. As a child she was influenced by Walt Disney cartoons and American "funnies", and had a passion for drawing cartoon characters - "first things first - schoolwork had to wait its turn". In 1951 Artz went to St Martin's School of Art to study graphic design, and after graduation in 1953 worked as a commercial artist, and as a cartoon animator for Hallas & Batchelor.
In 1955, at the age of nineteen, Artz sold her first cartoon, to the Weekend Mail. Since then she has worked for a wide range of publishers and publications, producing gag cartoons, strips, illlustrations, and animated cartoons. She cites Nicolas Bentley and New Yorker cartoonist Chauncey Addison Day (Chon Day) as having an impact on her work.
- Mark Bryant Dictionary of Twentieth-Century British Cartoonists and Caricaturists (Ashgate, Aldershot, 2000), pp.8-9.
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