A Biography of Nick Bantock: 

Young Nick wearing his best school sweater and smile.

Even at 16 my passport photo made me look shifty.

Young Nick wearing his best school sweater and smile. 

Even at 16 my passport photo made me look shifty.     

Growing horns for the Averse to Beasts cover photo. 

I was born in Stourbridge, England on the 14th of July 1949—went to school in the souless suburbs of North East London, and from there moved on to art college in the market town of Maidstone, Kent. At the age of 23 I gave up my job in a betting shop (a licenced gambling house) and began working as a freelance illustrator. Over the next 16 years I produced approximately 300 book covers, including novels by Philip Roth and John Updike. During the winter of 1988 I moved to Vancouver Canada with my wife and young son. Two years later I started work on my own books and before I was aware of what was happening, found myself being swept along by the Griffin & Sabine phenomenon. Since then I've continued to expand and develop a genre of narrative books that integrate text and image.

Which all sounds very dry and colorless, but it's not really like that, because my real life is far from dull—except when it is, of course! - NB 

Now available: The Artful Dodger a large format art book that is a retrospective of Nick's works since his days at art college. Included are 350 full color illustrations of book covers, pop-up images, paintings, drawings, and collage. Visit  Excerpts for a taste of the humorous autobiographic anecdotes that fill the volume.


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