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John Jensen (1930-2018)

John Jensen (born 1930)

In a career of almost sixty years, John Jensen has contributed to innumerable magazines and newspapers, and has illustrated around 70 books. An expert in the history of his own field, Jensen was a founder, trustee and sometime Chairman of the Cartoon Art Trust, and also Chairman of the British Cartoonists’ Association. In 2002, he received the first ever ‘Grinny’, a Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 1st Nottingham Cartoon Festival.

John Jensen was born in Sydney, Australia, on 8 August 1930, the son of the cartoonist, Jack Gibson. He studied at the Julian Ashton Art School (1946-47), and while there published his first cartoon, in the Sydney Sun. He adopted his stepfather’s surname of Jensen when he began to contribute cartoons regularly to such publications as the Australia National Journal and Pertinent.

In 1950, Jensen worked his passage to England as a messboy, and took on a job as a dresser at the Piccadilly Theatre, London, before becoming a full- time cartoonist.

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