I am a graduate of the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Since leaving college I have worked as a freelance illustrator and printmaker doing work for a wide range of clients including many magazines, newspapers, publishers and advertising /design groups. I also work on commissions for private individuals and exhibit and sell my original prints and artworks.
I always use the relief print as my method of working using either, lino, vinyl or wood as the engraving/cutting material but combining the print with paint and collage.
In 2004 I won Best Book Cover of the Year at the British Book Awards for my cover of Alexander McCall Smith’s book ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’. I also illustrated the covers for the rest of this series and am working on the 10th in the series at the moment.
Another interesting commission was for an American author, Debbie Allen, to illustrate her book ‘Garden Notes from Muddy Creek’ about the making of her garden in Vermont, USA .I spent some time in the USA, working on the project, and have been awarded a Silver Award by the Garden Writers Association for my work.
In 2007 I completed a commission for the National Trust at Dunster Castle, Somerset, to produce a large scale work (8ftx3ft), telling the story of Anthony and Cleopatra. This is on display in the castle if you are ever down that way.
I have been a demonstrator six times at ‘Art in Action’, Waterperry, near Oxford.
In April 2008 I showed my work in a joint exhibition with my father, Peter Firmin. He, together with the late Oliver Postgate, created such characters as Noggin the Nog, the Clangers and Bagpuss and is also a prolific printmaker.
I was one of the chosen illustrators who contributed to ‘The Birthday Book’ a collection of prose and poetry edited by Quentin Blake and Michael Morpurgo and published to celebrate Prince Charles’s 60th Birthday in November 2009 and sold to raise money for his charity the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. In 2010 I have been working with the Folio Society to illustrate one of three volumes in a set of Folk Tales of Britain, collected and edited by Katherine Briggs. The other two volumes were each illustrated by my father Peter Firmin and Clare Melinsky. Following on from the success of the first set we have all been commissioned to illustrate a second collection of folk tales.
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