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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DUCK by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DUCK

PARROT by JOHN BURNINGHAM

PARROT

PENGUIN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

PENGUIN

FISH by JOHN BURNINGHAM

FISH

YAK by JOHN BURNINGHAM

YAK

COW by JOHN BURNINGHAM

COW

KANGAROO by JOHN BURNINGHAM

KANGAROO

ZEBRA by JOHN BURNINGHAM

ZEBRA

MONKEY by JOHN BURNINGHAM

MONKEY

LIZARD by JOHN BURNINGHAM

LIZARD

SNEEZE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SNEEZE

DIVE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DIVE

PULL by JOHN BURNINGHAM

PULL

DROP by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DROP

SWING by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SWING

BOUNCE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

BOUNCE

SLIP by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SLIP

CATCH by JOHN BURNINGHAM

CATCH

THROW by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THROW

HOP by JOHN BURNINGHAM

HOP