Christian Birmingham

Christian Birmingham

Christian Birmingham is a well-known British illustrator and artist who has worked with many leading authors, including children's laureate Michael Morpurgo on books including Whitbread Children's Book of the Year The Wreck of the Zanzibar and Smarties Prize winner The Butterfly Lion. He has also been shortlisted for the prestigious Kurt Maschler and Kate Greenaway Awards for illustration.

Christian Birmingham graduated from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1991 with a first class honours degree in Graphic Design (illustration). He won his first book illustration contract soon after leaving college and has since worked with major UK and US publishers on titles including the centenary picturebook edition of C. S. Lewis's 'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe' and Clement C. Moore's classic poem 'The Night Before Christmas' which has sold in excess of 1.5 million copies. He has also illustrated two sets of Royal Mail special stamps, to commemorate 100 years of the Rugby League and the centenary of the birth of children's author Enid Blyton.

Books illustrated include: A Christmas Carol, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Little Farmer Joe, Oliver Twist, The Classic Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, Wombat Goes Walkabout, Sleeping Beauty, The Night Before Christmas, Wenceslas, The Snow Queen and The Little Mermaid.

Christian's illustration artwork has been shown at the Australian High Commission, to celebrate the publication of 'Wombat Goes Walkabout', and at the Air Gallery in Mayfair and Mall Galleries in Westminster, London in exhibitions hosted by Books Illustrated Ltd in December 2007 and 2009 to celebrate the publication of 'The Snow Queen' and 'The Little Mermaid'. His landscape artwork has been exhibited at the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Pastel Society and New English Art Club annual exhibitions.

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