Eric Beddows (Ken Nutt)
BiographyBorn: November 29, 1951 in Woodstock, Ontario
Now lives in: Stratford, Ontario
When Eric was growing up, he was the kid who was always drawing. He had no brothers or sisters, and though he was often alone, he wasn't lonely. He spent a lot of his time drawing and daydreaming.
He knew when he was very young that he wanted to be an artist. His parents, teachers and friends encouraged him. Even though he didn't make the sports teams he tried out for, he always made the posters for school events.
Eric's two passions were art and paleontology. He always knew he wanted to be an artist. When he found out that he could study art and paleontology and then draw dinosaurs as a job, he thought he would do that.
When he got to university, art won over science. He studied drawing and painting at York University for two years, and then left to live on a farm near Stratford, Ontario. He was a carpenter for awhile. Carpentry is not a good job for someone who likes to draw, because lots of carpenters lose their fingers. So he went to work in a factory for a year and then he got a job in an art gallery. At the gallery he worked as a janitor, then he became the person who set up the exhibitions. Later he taught art classes for both children and adults, and began to exhibit his works.
After awhile, so many people wanted his artwork that he had to leave the gallery job so he could spend all his time creating.
Eric now divides his time between painting works of art for galleries and illustrating children's books.
When he's not painting or drawing, Eric reads about natural history, and collects fossils and anything to do with dinosaurs. He has lots of dinosaur models and he even has a real dinosaur tendon!
He is quite a collector. Eric also collects old toys and old books with unusual pictures, like old science textbooks and out-of-date encyclopedias.
1984 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Zoom at Sea
1984 Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award for Zoom at Sea
1986 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Zoom Away
1988 Municipal Chapter of Toronto IODE Book Award for Night Cars
1989 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award for Night Cars
1996 Governor General's Literary Award/Children's Literature (for best illustrations in an English book) for The Rooster's Gift
Books for Children
4 Strange Stories. Written by Chris Van Allsburg and others. Illustrated by Ken Nutt and others. Markham, Ont.: Houghton Mifflin Canada, c1992, 94 p. (Contents: "Jumanji," by Chris Van Allsburg. "The Garden of Abdul Gaxazi," by Chris Van Allsburg. "Zoom at Sea," by Tim Wynne-Jones; illustrated by Ken Nutt. "Zoom Away," by Tim Wynne-Jones; illustrated by Ken Nutt.
The Cave of Snores. Written by Dennis Haseley. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. Toronto: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, c1987, 38 p.
The Emperor's Panda. Written by David Day. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, c1986, 109 p.
I Am Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices. Written by Paul Fleischman. Illustrated by Ken Nutt. New York: Harper & Row, c1985, 51 p.
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices. Written by Paul Fleischman. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. New York: Harper & Row, c1988, 44 p.
Night Cars. Written by Teddy Jam. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. Toronto: Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre, 1991 (c1988), 32 p.
The Rooster's Gift. Written by Pam Conrad. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. Toronto: Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre, 1996, 38 p.
Shadow Play. Written by Paul Fleischman. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. New York: Harper & Row, c1990, 33 p.
Who Shrank My Grandmother's House?: Poems of Discovery. Written by Barbara Juster Esbensen. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1992. 47 p.
Zoom at Sea. Written by Tim Wynne-Jones. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. Toronto: Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre, 1993 (c1983), 32 p.
Zoom Away. Written by Tim Wynne-Jones. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. Toronto: Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre, 1993 (c1985), 32 p.
Zoom Upstream. Written by Tim Wynne-Jones. Illustrated by Eric Beddows. Toronto: Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre, 1993 (c1992), 34 p.
Books for Adults
Guy Nokes, Recent Sculpture. Curated by John Silverstein. Catalogue essay by Ken Nutt. Sculpture by Guy Nokes. Stratford, Ont.: Gallery/Stratford, 1985, 16 p.: ill. (some colour), 26 cm.
Ken Nutt. Curated by Ted Fraser. Catalogue essay by Marshall Webb. Illustrations by Ken Nutt. Windsor, Ont.: Art Gallery of Windsor, c1985, 32 p.: ill., 28 cm.
Ken Nutt, Drawings; Glen Elliott, Sculpture; September 5 to October 5, 1980, the Gallery/Stratford. Stratford, Ont.: Gallery/Stratford, 1980, 6 p.: ill., 30 cm.
Ken Nutt: The One Man Group Show. Woodstock, Ont.: Woodstock Art Gallery, c1997, 56 p.: ill., ports., 27 cm.