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Lecturer in graphics at St. Martin's School of Art, London, England, 1963-66, London College of Printing, 1966-68, Royal College of Art, London, 1968-70, and Central School of Art, London, 1971-72. Art director of Ambit, beginning 1960, Playboy, 1965, and King, 1966-67. Elected Royal Designer to Industry, 1985. Exhibitions: Work exhibited in solo show at Royal Festival Hall, London, England, 1985, as well as in Europe, North America, and Japan.

son of Walter Thomas (a crane operator) and Gladys Foreman; married Janet Charters, September 26, 1959 (divorced 1966); married Louise Phillips, December 22, 1980; children: (first marriage) Mark; (second marriage) Ben Shahn, Jack

Awards: Festival International du Livre Silver Eagle Award, France, 1972; Francis Williams Memorial awards, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1972, and 1977, for Monkey and the Three Wizards; Kate Greenaway Commended Book designation, British Library Association (BLA), 1978, for The Brothers Grimm: Popular Folk Tales; Carnegie Medal, BLA, and Kate Greenaway Highly Commended Book designation, both 1980, and Graphics Prize, International Children's Book Fair (Bologna, Italy), 1982, all for City of Gold, and Other Stories from the Old Testament; Kate Greenaway Medal, and Kurt Maschler (Emil) Award, British Book Trust, both 1982, both for Sleeping Beauty, and Other Favourite Fairy Tales; Kate Greenaway Medal, 1982, for Longneck and Thunderfoot; Federation of Children's Book Groups award, England, 1983, for The Saga of Erik the Viking; Kate Greenaway Commended Book designation, and New York Times Notable Book designation, both 1985, both for Seasons of Splendour; Signal Poetry award, 1987, for Early in the Morning; named honorary fellow, Royal College of Arts, 1989; Kate Greenaway Medal, and W.H. Smith/Books in Canada Award, both 1990, both for War Boy; Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Gold Award, 1993, for War Game, and Silver Award, 1997, for The Little Reindeer; honorary degree from Plymouth University, 1998 [1972, 1972, 1977] (BLA ∙ Bologna ∙ Italy ∙ Emil)
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