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.

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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 in the Suffolk fishing village of Pakefield on 21 March 1938. He studied art in Lowestoft, and in London at St Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art. The latter awarded him a travel scholarship to the United States in 1963 and, following his graduation, he went back to Chicago to spend four months as Art Director of Playboy. In 1966, he returned to London to become Art Director for King, which had him produce all the illustrative work, in a variety of styles, even resorting to the use of pseudonyms. He has lectured at St Martin’s (1963-66), the London College of Printing (1966-68), the RCA (from 1968) and the Central School of Art (1972). On his discovery that he had purchased what was once John Hassall’s School of Art at Stratford Studios, he further followed in Hassall’s footsteps by becoming a member of the London Sketch Club.
From his first children’s book, The General (1961), Michael has treated his young readers as responsible and mature. This attitude of concern has made him a great original and has resulted in many honours.
Prizes have included the Aigle d’Argent at the Nice Festival International du Livre (1972), the National Art Library Illustration Award (1972 for Horatio and 1977 for Monkey and The Three Wizards), the Graphics Prize at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair (1982 for City of Gold), the Kurt Maschler Award (1982 for Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales), the Kate Greenaway Medal (1982 for Long Neck and Thunder Foot, 1983 for Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales and 1989 for War Boy) and the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize (Gold Award) (1993 for War Game). In 1985, he was elected Royal Designer to Industry.
In 1990, Michael had his first selling show, a greatly successful event at Chris Beetles Gallery. Centring upon his recent book, Michael Foreman’s World of Fairy Tales, it acted as a consolidation of his career to date. His recurring interest in environment – both in terms of visual atmosphere and as a human issue – was particularly patent in much of the work on show. Since then his work has been a regular feature of the annual exhibition, The Illustrators, mounted by the Gallery.
Michael finds regular inspiration in Cornwall, where he lives when not in London.
His work is represented in the collections of the V&A.

AmericaBiblicalLewis CarrollGhosts
New TestamentChristianityDragonsChildren
Season: WinterSnow & IceAngelsCats
Christening & New BabyFairy & FantasyChristmasPolice, Fire & Ambulance
Imaginary AnimalsChildren's LiteratureCowsIllustrations
A LONG TIME AGO, IN A REMOTE PART OF CHINA, A DRAGON ONCE FLEW DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAINS AND SETTLED ON THE ROOF OF THE HOUSE OF A RICH MERCHANT by MICHAEL FOREMAN

A LONG TIME AGO, IN A REMOTE PART OF CHINA, A DRAGON ONCE FLEW DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAINS AND SETTLED ON THE ROOF OF THE HOUSE OF A RICH MERCHANT

THE JOURNEY by MICHAEL FOREMAN

THE JOURNEY

SNOW CAT by MICHAEL FOREMAN

SNOW CAT

SNOWY GHOST by MICHAEL FOREMAN

SNOWY GHOST

FIRE! by MICHAEL FOREMAN

FIRE!

COYBOY CHRISTMAS by MICHAEL FOREMAN

COYBOY CHRISTMAS

THE CHRIST-CHILD LAY ON MARY'S LAP
HIS HAIR WAS LIKE A LIGHT by MICHAEL FOREMAN

THE CHRIST-CHILD LAY ON MARY'S LAP HIS HAIR WAS LIKE A LIGHT

THE OXEN by MICHAEL FOREMAN

THE OXEN

FORTH GOES THE WOODMAN, LEAVING UNCONCERN'D
THE CHEERFUL HAUNTS OF MAN; TO WEILD THE AXE by MICHAEL FOREMAN

FORTH GOES THE WOODMAN, LEAVING UNCONCERN'D THE CHEERFUL HAUNTS OF MAN; TO WEILD THE AXE

THE CHRISTMAS STORY by MICHAEL FOREMAN

THE CHRISTMAS STORY

THE COMBS by MICHAEL FOREMAN

THE COMBS

THEY SAW THE YOUNG CHILD WITH MARY HIS MOTHER, AND FELL DOWN AND WORSHIPPED HIM by MICHAEL FOREMAN

THEY SAW THE YOUNG CHILD WITH MARY HIS MOTHER, AND FELL DOWN AND WORSHIPPED HIM

THE SHEPHERDS SAID ONE TO ANOTHER, LET US NOW GO TO BETHLEHEM by MICHAEL FOREMAN

THE SHEPHERDS SAID ONE TO ANOTHER, LET US NOW GO TO BETHLEHEM

THE WOODCUTTERS by MICHAEL FOREMAN

THE WOODCUTTERS

AS WE HEADED BACK TO THE VILLAGE, THERE WERE GOLDEN GIFTS FOR ALL by MICHAEL FOREMAN

AS WE HEADED BACK TO THE VILLAGE, THERE WERE GOLDEN GIFTS FOR ALL

LAURA HAD NEVER HAD SO MUCH FUN. ALL MORNING SHE PLAYED OUTDOORS IN THE SNOW MAKING PICTURES by MICHAEL FOREMAN

LAURA HAD NEVER HAD SO MUCH FUN. ALL MORNING SHE PLAYED OUTDOORS IN THE SNOW MAKING PICTURES

THEY HEARD THE GAY RINGING OF SLEIGH BELLS, GROWING LOUDER EVERY MOMENT, AND THEN THE BOBSLED CAME OUT OF THE WOODS AND DROVE UP TO THE GATE by MICHAEL FOREMAN

THEY HEARD THE GAY RINGING OF SLEIGH BELLS, GROWING LOUDER EVERY MOMENT, AND THEN THE BOBSLED CAME OUT OF THE WOODS AND DROVE UP TO THE GATE

CHRISTMAS WAS COMING – THE LITTLE LOG HOUSE WAS ALMOST BURIED WITH SNOW by MICHAEL FOREMAN

CHRISTMAS WAS COMING – THE LITTLE LOG HOUSE WAS ALMOST BURIED WITH SNOW

SNOW ANGEL by MICHAEL FOREMAN

SNOW ANGEL

REV ROBINSON DUCKWORTH ROWS WHILST CHARLES 
LUTWIDGE DODGSON READS 'ALICE' TO THE LIDDELL 
SISTERS by MICHAEL FOREMAN

REV ROBINSON DUCKWORTH ROWS WHILST CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSON READS 'ALICE' TO THE LIDDELL SISTERS