John Kilburn


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John Kilburn

John Dunbar Kilburn is an artist and academic. John’s current research promotes sustainability and illustration through absurdity, nonsense, collaborative partnerships, and eels.

John works for a range of local, national and international clients. He is a co-director at Atlantic Press and a lecturer in Illustration.

You can see more of my work at my instagram or twitter or at

Origin Coffee

A selection of my illustrations, doodles and mural design for Cornish coffee roasters Origin Coffee.

Ceramic tumblers by Dor & Tan
Images (c) Origin Coffee.

Mural. 65 Charlotte Road.

The Archipelago. Thames & Hudson.

The Island of Sniggling Tump for Archipelago: An Atlas of Imagined Islands.

Visiting fisherman first gave this peculiar island its name when hunting the local sea life with a Sniggling Stick. A Sniggling Stick is a long pole with a baited hook on the end that can be poked into nooks and crannies when the tide is low. Sniggling is a good way to catch a variety of fish such as eels, gulpers, bulgers and blennies.

Many adventurers have been lost here, lured onto the shore by the squawking harpies or swept up in a hurricane and dashed upon the windy rocks. Scientists come searching for eels, all bar none have vanished, never to be seen again. It is said that the Island’s endemic black berries have particular mystical properties, offering abundant sustenance whilst promoting youthful countenance and contain certain transformative qualities. Anyone eating said berries will be bestowed with long and healthy lives but may suffer grotesque mutations or strange physical malapropisms. ..

Archipelago features an truly international array of leading illustrators and is available to pre-order now.



The Golden Plaice. 

The Golden Plaiceis a handmade pop-up book featuring silkscreen printed imagery. I spent a year designing and making the first copy during my Masters degree at Falmouth University. Each copy takes between one and two weeks to make!

The Golden Plaice No.6 was made for the Yale Center for British Art . It will become part of their collection and will feature in the summer 2014 exhibition “Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower”: Artists’ Books and the Natural World.

The characters from The Golden Plaice are also featured in Visual Families published by Gestalten (now unfortunately sold out).

Blackwater Studios

A series of drawings for Blackwater studio's silkscreen printed boxes.

These boxes are used to ship their printed t-shirt to clients around the world.

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