Christopher Wormell is one of Britain's finest wood engravers. The son of a landscape painter, he left school at eighteen to devote himself to painting. Entirely self taught he began engraving in 1982 and has had great success as an illustrator. His first children's book, An Alphabet of Animals, won the prestigious Ragazzi Prize at the Bologna Book Fair in 1990. He contributed illustrations to The Roald Dahl Treasury published by Jonathan Cape in 1998 and produced a series of fine engravings for English Country Traditions published by Running Press. Blue Rabbit and Friends and Blue Rabbit and the Runaway Wheel both published by Jonathan Cape have won him a `highly commended’ in the Victoria and Albert Illustration Award.
Always keen to try new mediums, Christopher has turned his hand to coloured pencils in more recent picture books, Animal Train and Animal Fair, and he has also had extraordinary success with watercolours, producing best selling books Two Frogs, In The Woods, Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit and particularly successfully,George and The Dragon.
Christopher lives in London with his wife Mary and their children, and continues to work as a full time illustrator producing much advertising and editorial work as well as books with Jonathan Cape. He recently produced a series of large-scale woodcuts for posters advertising Adnams Beers.
`Wormell is an author-illustrator who last year bounded on to a new plane with his splendid fable about friendship and fear, Two Frogs - Amanda Craig,The Times.
Two Frogs was short-listed for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award, 2003.
Christopher is pictured here at our recent Winter Exhibition.