THE ILLUSTRATORS 2018 : BURNINGHAM, JOHN (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.
WHALE DENTIST by JOHN BURNINGHAM

WHALE DENTIST

FATHER CHRISTMAS MEETS THE HUNTSMAN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

FATHER CHRISTMAS MEETS THE HUNTSMAN

MOONLIT CYCLISTS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

MOONLIT CYCLISTS

FATHER CHRISTMAS'S PICNIC by JOHN BURNINGHAM

FATHER CHRISTMAS'S PICNIC

UMBRELLA by JOHN BURNINGHAM

UMBRELLA

XYLOPHONE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

XYLOPHONE

BIRDS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

BIRDS

MICE by JOHN BURNINGHAM

MICE

DOGS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

DOGS

ELEPHANT by JOHN BURNINGHAM

ELEPHANT

THE EVENING PERFORMANCE HAD BEGUN by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE EVENING PERFORMANCE HAD BEGUN

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

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

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

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

THE CATS' CRICKET MATCH by JOHN BURNINGHAM

THE CATS' CRICKET MATCH

ON OCTOBER 2ND, 1872, JULES VERNE'S HERO, PHILEAS FOGG, SET OUT FROM THE REFORM CLUB IN LONDON TO TRAVEL ROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. by JOHN BURNINGHAM

ON OCTOBER 2ND, 1872, JULES VERNE'S HERO, PHILEAS FOGG, SET OUT FROM THE REFORM CLUB IN LONDON TO TRAVEL ROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS.

BUT WE OUGHT TO BE GETTING BACK SOON by JOHN BURNINGHAM

BUT WE OUGHT TO BE GETTING BACK SOON

AND HOW'S MY LITTLE GIRL? by JOHN BURNINGHAM

AND HOW'S MY LITTLE GIRL?

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

HE THREW A GLOVE INTO THE AIR AND THE CROCODILE SNAPPED AT THE GLOVE AND LET GO OF THE SATCHEL by JOHN BURNINGHAM

HE THREW A GLOVE INTO THE AIR AND THE CROCODILE SNAPPED AT THE GLOVE AND LET GO OF THE SATCHEL

SNOWBALLS by JOHN BURNINGHAM

SNOWBALLS