John Lawrence studied at Hastings Art School and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, where Gertrude Hermes introduced him to wood engraving. John himself later taught at Brighton College of Art and at Camberwell Scool of Art for over 30 years. In 1990 he served as Master of The Artworkers' Guild.
Considered to be one of the greatest illustrators and wood-engravers of his generation, his work has not gone unrecognised. John has twice won the Francis Williams Award for illustration, which is sponsored by the Victoria and Albert Museum and has twice been runner-up for the Kurt Emil - Maschler award.
John's work can be seen in the publications of Random House, The Folio Society and most recently on the cover of Philip Pullman's Dark Materials Trilogy. John has also written books of his own and his 'This Little Chick' was a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year.
John's work can be seen in both public and private collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.