JOHN BURNINGHAM (1936-2019)

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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Wild AnimalsChildrenSeasons & WeatherSeason: Summer
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Snow & IceHunting & ShootingHumour & SatireArchitecture
DogsCatsMice & Small RodentsBirds
CricketMusicFairy & FantasyChristmas
Beaches & SeasideMotoringGrandparentsHorses
FiguresGardeningChildren's LiteratureMonkeys
Husbands & WivesAquatic AnimalsHorse Drawn VehiclesIllustrations
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WHALE DENTIST by JOHN BURNINGHAM

WHALE DENTIST

XYLOPHONE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

XYLOPHONE

THE EVENING PERFORMANCE HAD BEGUN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE EVENING PERFORMANCE HAD BEGUN

BORKA: THE ADVENTURES OF A GOOSE WITH NO FEATHERS – ENDPAPERS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

BORKA: THE ADVENTURES OF A GOOSE WITH NO FEATHERS – ENDPAPERS

AND HE JUST MANAGED TO ESCAPE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

AND HE JUST MANAGED TO ESCAPE

BUT WE OUGHT TO BE GETTING BACK SOON by JOHN BURNINGHAM

BUT WE OUGHT TO BE GETTING BACK SOON

THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS GREAT BIG HAIRY GORILLAS IN THE ROOFS AROUND HERE, SIR by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THERE ARE NO SUCH THINGS AS GREAT BIG HAIRY GORILLAS IN THE ROOFS AROUND HERE, SIR

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW by JOHN BURNINGHAM

CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

THE CATS' CRICKET MATCH by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE CATS' CRICKET MATCH

FATHER CHRISTMAS MEETS THE HUNTSMAN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

FATHER CHRISTMAS MEETS THE HUNTSMAN

FATHER CHRISTMAS'S PICNIC by JOHN BURNINGHAM

FATHER CHRISTMAS'S PICNIC

SNOWBALLS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SNOWBALLS

AND HOW'S MY LITTLE GIRL? by JOHN BURNINGHAM

AND HOW'S MY LITTLE GIRL?

'WE'RE NOT FAR BEHIND HIM NOW,' SHOUTED THE SQUIRE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

'WE'RE NOT FAR BEHIND HIM NOW,' SHOUTED THE SQUIRE

UMBRELLA by JOHN BURNINGHAM

UMBRELLA

MICE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

MICE

THROUGH LEAVES IN THE AUTUMN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THROUGH LEAVES IN THE AUTUMN

THEN HE HAD A RACE WITH SOME WITCHES by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THEN HE HAD A RACE WITH SOME WITCHES

HE TOOK THE YOUNG TIGER BACK TO ITS FATHER AND MOTHER, WHO WERE VERY PLEASED THAT GEORGIE HAD FOUND THEIR CHILD by JOHN BURNINGHAM

HE TOOK THE YOUNG TIGER BACK TO ITS FATHER AND MOTHER, WHO WERE VERY PLEASED THAT GEORGIE HAD FOUND THEIR CHILD

SUMMER by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SUMMER

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