The winner will be announced at an exclusive awards ceremony at the V&A on 15 May 2018.
Sheri Gee, Art Director at The Folio Society said: ‘I’m really delighted that John’s work has been recognised by the V&A jury. He put so much time and thought into this commission, only a small percentage of which is shown in the final illustrations - he deserves to be shortlisted.’
John provided an illuminating introduction explaining his research and illustrative process which was published as an introduction to the text. His work on this and Finnegans Wake (also published by Folio) will be exhibited at House of Illustration, London, from July this year.
Previous Folio illustrators honoured at the V&A Illustration Awards include: David McConochie for Best Book Cover and inaugural winner of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year prize in 2016 for The Folio Book of Ghost Stories; Sterling Hundley, winner of the Book Illustration Award and Overall Winner in 2015 for Treasure Island; Anne-Marie Jones, winner of the Book Cover Award for Sons and Lovers in 2014; Anna and Elena Balbusso, winners of the Book Illustration Award for Eugene Onegin in 2013; Matthew Richardson, winner of the Book Cover Award with The Outsider in 2012; Tom Burns, winner of the Book Illustration Award and Overall Winner in 2009 for The New York Trilogy.
‘The Artful Book’, a display celebrating 70 years of The Folio Society can be visited at the V&A until 1 May, 2018.