|The first childrens' book, Borka|
THE FLEMING COLLECTION EXHIBITION, JOHN BURNINGHAM: AN ILLUSTRATED JOURNEY
|Illustration, not on view at this show|
John Burningham's illustration work is on show at the Fleming Collection's premises at 13 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London until 22 December 2011.
I visited this week. Do go, you will be delighted and inspired! There is a large collection of his original art work. There are finished pages from the many books, and information about his life.
John Burningham's books were part of my children's life when they were small and I really enjoyed them too.
ROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS
It is great to be able to read more about this interesting man. I did not realize that he had made a Round the World trip in the steps of that famous book, Round the World in Eight Days, by Jules Verne, and there are a few of his sketches on view, of Mexico City for instance.
The paintings and drawings are arranged over two floors, and pride of place is given to six very large works which I cannot see reproduced on the web anywhere so are probably new. They are very large prints of photographs of doorways and windows in France, on which John Burningham has painted a figure, in one a buxom girl empties a pot of cooking water over the balcony, in another a black-clothed figure is playing a grand piano. These are very exciting works, and made me think of ways I can develop my own art.
WORK STARTED IN THE 1950s
The start of the exhibition shows sketches made in Govan, Glasgow during the 1950s and covers travel journals, roughs, illustration work for the famous childrens' books, which he also wrote, and originals for Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang by Ian Fleming (in stark black and white in the main).
LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM SHOWS BURNINGHAM'S POSTERS
Also there are collages, and travel posters for the Underground. The posters are on show in the London Transport Museum, which I have not yet seen.
Unusual, there is a large pebble with a painting of a seaside pier painted on it. This image was used on the cover of a journal from the RIBA on Seaside Architecture.
I noticed several books which I have not seen before, one called The Time of Your Life and one called When We Were Young.
RUG AND TABLE LAMP
This work is of a wide spectrum, and as well as the pebble and the photographs with painting on them, there is a large rug on the wall, showing some jockeys in bright colours, and there is a big table lamp with little images of people, which presumably springs to life when it is illuminated.
JOHN BURNINGHAM: AN ILLUSTRATED JOURNEY
The book accompanying this exhibition was a big expensive for me, unfortunately, so I did not buy it.
LUNCH TIME TALKS AT 1.10 PM
John Burningham is giving two lunchtime talks at the gallery, on Thursday 10 November and on Thursday, 1 December. I believe you have to pay, possibly £10. The talks are from 1.10 to 1.30 pm
THE FLEMING COLLECTION
Link to the Gallery