JOHN BURNINGHAM (Born 1936)

John Burningham was born in Rowledge, Surrey on 27 April 1936. He was educated at the progressive Summerhill School and then, as a result of refusing National Service, was drafted into two years of work in farming and forestry, hospital and social work. read more...

John Burningham was born in Rowledge, Surrey on 27 April 1936. He was educated at the progressive Summerhill School and then, as a result of refusing National Service, was drafted into two years of work in farming and forestry, hospital and social work. He studied art at the Central School of Arts and Crafts (1956-59), under Keith Vaughan, Laurence Scarfe and Bernard Neville. An award enabled him to retain his independence for a year, in which he designed some posters for London Transport and then worked in New York on educational publications.
Returning to England, Burningham developed his career as a children’s writer and illustrator, and was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for Borka (1963), his very first book and again for Mr Gumpy’s Outing (1970), which also won the Boston Globe Book Award and was listed in the New York Times choice of the best illustrated children’s books of the year (1971). Subsequent successes have included The Wind in the Willows (1983) and Granpa (1984), the latter being turned into an award-winning film for UNICEF (Prix Jeunesse 1990), Oi! Get Off Our Train (1989), Cloudland (1996) and Magic Bed (2003).
His ability to illustrate for adults as well as children is well- demonstrated by John Burningham’s England (1992) and John Burningham’s France (1998), and the two books he compiled and illustrated, The Time of Your Life (2002), and When We Were Young (2004), which were all launched at Chris Beetles Gallery. In 2006, a retrospective of his work was exhibited in the Sungkok Gallery, Seoul and in 2007, his one-man show, ‘The World of John Burningham’s Picture Book Artwork’, opened in Osaka, Japan, before moving to Tokyo in 2008.
John Burningham is married to illustrator Helen Oxenbury.
His latest works include
It’s a Secret!, London, Walker, 2009, and John Burningham, London, Jonathan Cape, 2009, an anthology of his work and memoir of his life.

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I AM GETTING TO AN AGE WHEN I CAN ONLY ENJOY THE LAST SPORT LEFT.
IT IS CALLED HUNTING FOR YOUR SPECTACLES
(LORD GREY OF FALLODEN, OBSERVER, 1927) by JOHN BURNINGHAM

I AM GETTING TO AN AGE WHEN I CAN ONLY ENJOY THE LAST SPORT LEFT. IT IS CALLED HUNTING FOR YOUR SPECTACLES (LORD GREY OF FALLODEN, OBSERVER, 1927)

THE LONG WHITE SOCKS AND PONY-TAIL HAVE GONE, BUT I CAN STILL TWIRL A BATON
(LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS, PERSONAL AD, 1 NOVEMBER 2001) by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE LONG WHITE SOCKS AND PONY-TAIL HAVE GONE, BUT I CAN STILL TWIRL A BATON (LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS, PERSONAL AD, 1 NOVEMBER 2001)

DANCING ON THE BEACH by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DANCING ON THE BEACH

FRESH GROWTH by JOHN BURNINGHAM

FRESH GROWTH

THE STARS THAT YOU SEE IN THE SKY AT NIGHT DON'T HAVE ANY PEOPLE OR ANIMALS OR PLANTS BECAUSE GOD COULDN'T MAKE THEM WORK by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE STARS THAT YOU SEE IN THE SKY AT NIGHT DON'T HAVE ANY PEOPLE OR ANIMALS OR PLANTS BECAUSE GOD COULDN'T MAKE THEM WORK

BOULES by JOHN BURNINGHAM

BOULES

AZINCOURT by JOHN BURNINGHAM

AZINCOURT

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CONCIERGES AND THEIR GUESTS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CONCIERGES AND THEIR GUESTS

'I WANT TO BE WITH MY MOTHER AND FATHER AGAIN,' SAID ALBERT.
THE QUEEN FELT SORRY FOR ALBERT AND SHE THOUGHT FOR A LONG TIME by JOHN BURNINGHAM

'I WANT TO BE WITH MY MOTHER AND FATHER AGAIN,' SAID ALBERT. THE QUEEN FELT SORRY FOR ALBERT AND SHE THOUGHT FOR A LONG TIME

THE AEROPLANE TOOK OFF AND FLEW THROUGH THE NIGHT SKY TOWARDS THE ROLY POLY MOUNTAIN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE AEROPLANE TOOK OFF AND FLEW THROUGH THE NIGHT SKY TOWARDS THE ROLY POLY MOUNTAIN

'HOLD ON TO MY ROPE,' SAID THE CLIMBER, 'AND I WILL TAKE YOU AS FAR AS I CAN UP THE ROLY POLY MOUNTAIN' by JOHN BURNINGHAM

'HOLD ON TO MY ROPE,' SAID THE CLIMBER, 'AND I WILL TAKE YOU AS FAR AS I CAN UP THE ROLY POLY MOUNTAIN'

THE MOTORBIKE ROARED OFF ALONG THE ROAD TOWARDS THE ROLY POLY MOUNTAIN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE MOTORBIKE ROARED OFF ALONG THE ROAD TOWARDS THE ROLY POLY MOUNTAIN

THE LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS

SUMMER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SUMMER

COURT NO 13 by JOHN BURNINGHAM

COURT NO 13

THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

THE SOUTH COAST by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE SOUTH COAST

HUNTING by JOHN BURNINGHAM

HUNTING

CRUFTS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

CRUFTS

SEVERE WEATHER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SEVERE WEATHER