Born in Winchester in 1947, Brian Froud attended Maidstone College of Art in 1967, graduating with a first class honours diploma in Graphic Design in 1971. Basing himself in London, he started work and was involved in everything from book jackets and magazine covers to advertising work, also finding time to illustrate childrens' books.
In 1975 Brian Froud moved to Devon and shared a studio with fellow artist Alan Lee. Three more books followed for Brian Froud to illustrate: Ultra Violet Catastrophe, The Wind Between the Stairs (best British book at the Bologna Book Fair) and Are All The Giants Dead?.
Pan Books published The Land of Froud, an anthology of his work, in 1977. Brian Froud was one of the first living artists to be published by Pan.
Faeries, which Brian Froud co-illustrated and wrote with Alan Lee, was published in 1978. It reached number four on the New York Times Best Seller List. This book has sold over a quarter of a million copies.
Brian Froud made his first foray into the film world in 1978 as conceptual designer for The Dark Crystal which won the Avoriaz prize for best fantasy film. This was followed in 1986 by Labyrinth under the same director, Jim Henson. Brian Froud's book Goblins was published in 1984.
One of Brian Froud's best loved books is Lady Cottington's Pressed Faeries Book where he illustrated faeries that had been caught whilst Lady Cottington was pressing flowers.
Over the years, Brian Froud has won a number of awards, including the ASFA Best Interior Illustration and the Hugo award for Best Original Artwork in 1995. His original paintings are highly collectible: Sotherby's 1998 Fantasy Art Catalogue featured one, which was sold at auction for £6,500. Brian Froud's painting of the Caterpillar's Mushroom from Alice in Wonderland was published as a fine-art limited edition by Artists UK
Being extremely interested in folklore and natural spirits, Brian Froud has begun painting faeries in a more abstract style as creatures of Nature's intelligent energy. He says he tries to put a "healing energy" into his work.
Brian Froud's project in the nineties was to put together a book of his recent work which was published as Good Faeries, Bad Faeries in 1998.
Brian Froud's work at Abandon Art
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