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Michael Foreman OBE, RDI (born 1938)


Michael Foreman, OBE 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.

Michael Foreman was born on 21 March 1938 in the Suffolk fishing village of Pakefield, the third son of Walter Thomas Foreman, a crane operator, and Gladys Mary Foreman (née Mace), a shopkeeper.

He was educated at Pakefield Primary School and then the Alderman Woodrow Secondary Boy’s School, before enrolling as a full-time student at Lowestoft School of Art in 1953. During his time at Lowestoft he continued to help in his mother’s shop and deliver newspapers, as well as having a holiday job in the local Birds Eye factory. He also began to publish cartoons and drawings advertising Morlings music shop in the Lowestoft Journal. In 1958, he left Lowestoft with a NDD in Painting and moved to London, spending a year studying Commercial Art at St Martin’s School of Art, under Joe Tilson. Michael Foreman settled first in Hampstead in 1959, and then in Soho the following year.

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