Sunday, April 08, 2012
John Griffiths (1926-2012)
Like many Penguin artists, Griffiths was paired up with certain authors, amongst them Eric Linklater and John Wyndham; it was Griffiths who visualised Wyndham's Triffids as stumpy-legged bulbs with a whip-like flagellum. He also illustrated Fred Hoyle's The Black Cloud (1960) and John Christopher's The Death of Grass (1963)
Griffith lived in Teston, Kent, where he spent most of his career as a freelance illustrator, his most regular client being a New Zealand-based educational publisher. During slack periods he returned to teaching at Goldsmiths, St Martin's School of Art, Medway College of Design and Maidstone College of Art. He eventually retired and became a carer to his ailing wife, who died in 2004. Two years before his death, Griffiths went to live with his daughter in south-west France.
Obituary: The Guardian (3 April 2012).