John Lawrence


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.


About bonny83

I am currently studying at Glyndwr University, North Wales School of Art and Design. Design Communication is the main subject body while also looking at a large variety of the many forms of Art. My main interest is illustration and I am considering illustration for children's books for the future. Art and Design has always been a huge part of my life and i am enjoying taking things further for a possible career.

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