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Michael Foreman RDI (born 1938)


Michael Foreman, RDI (born 1938)

While Michael Foreman is perhaps best known as one of the most outstanding contemporary creators of children’s books, he is a wide-ranging artist, illustrating literary classics and working as a painter.

Michael Foreman was born on 21 March 1938 in the Suffolk fishing village of Pakefield, the third son of Walter Thomas Foreman, a crane operator, and Gladys Mary Foreman (née Mace), a shopkeeper.

He was educated at Pakefield Primary School and then the Alderman Woodrow Secondary Boy’s School, before enrolling as a full-time student at Lowestoft School of Art in 1953. During his time at Lowestoft he continued to help in his mother’s shop and deliver newspapers, as well as having a holiday job in the local Birds Eye factory. He also began to publish cartoons and drawings advertising Morlings music shop in the Lowestoft Journal. In 1958, he left Lowestoft with a NDD in Painting and moved to London, spending a year studying Commercial Art at St Martin’s School of Art, under Joe Tilson. Michael Foreman settled first in Hampstead in 1959, and then in Soho the following year.

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