John Lawrence was born in Hastings in 1933 and educated by the Salesians, first in Burwash, Sussex, then in Cowley, Oxford. He attended Hastings School of Art from 1951 – 1953. He did his military service in West Africa, between 1953 – 1955. He then went on to the Central School of Arts and Crafts (now Central St. Martins), from 1955 – 1957.
Since then he has freelanced, illustrating more than 150 books, some of which he has also written. His work covers a range from picture books to private press, including several books for the Folio Society. He has been a part-time lecturer for most of his career. First at Brighton School of Art in the 1960’s and then at Camberwell School of Art until 1993, where he was a visiting Professor in Illustration. At present he has a day at A.P.U. Cambridge School of Art, where he lectures on the M.A. course in Children’s Book Illustration. From 1978 until 1994 he was an External Assessor on the degree course at several art schools.
wood engraving Proof 1999 18 x 11.5 cm.
I chose the above image as my favourite by John Lawrence, taken from a wood engraving. Although, with the cow and the colour is does remind me of chocolate or milk, but still, very creative and beautifully designed.