Ray Mutimer

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Ray Mutimer is a British illustrator.

Early career[edit]

Ray Mutimer was trained as a secondary school teacher. He eventually became Head of Art and Craft at St Aidan's C.E. High School in Harrogate. Whilst teaching, he continued his own personal paintings and exhibited widely in the North of England during the sixties and seventies. He had two paintings in the Contemporary British Watercolours Exhibition at the Royal Watercolour Society Galleries. He went on to have thirty one-man shows. He was also selected for many annual regional group exhibitions such as the West Riding Artists' Exhibition (Wakefield), Modern Art in Yorkshire (9 artists) and Yorkshire Artists exhibitions.

His first illustrations were cartoon drawings, about teaching, which were regularly published in the Times Educational Supplement and Teacher's World.

He became interested in children's book illustration, and after overcoming a series of rejections, Yorkshire Television used his artwork in the national T.V. school and pre-school programmes My World and Stepping Stones. His illustrations for traditional and new stories, including some of his own, were shown on the programmes for four years.

Illustration[edit]

In 1980 he became a freelance illustrator.

Working with Michael Benn Publishing, Ray originated and published educational material for industry. One of its successes was time charts which took the form of a 4-part frieze showing the history of an industry or institution. Each had about 50 pictures blended into a montage. Ray illustrated history Time Charts for The Inland Revenue, The Banking Information Service, The Royal Mint, Pilkington Glass (history of windows), Thames Water and The Atomic Energy Authority. He also designed and illustrated fourteen A1 and A2 posters for similar institutions, including The Royal Society of Arts.

Books[edit]

Postman Pat is a TV character created by Ivor Wood and writer John Cunliffe. In 1989 Ray started his first series of 12 Postman Pat picture books called "Tales from Greendale", published by Andre Deutsch Children's Books and Scholastic. These were followed by four books based on new TV episodes. He also did associated activity and sticker books.

For Egmont Publishing he did a number of Postman Pat board books for younger children drawn in a simple heavy black line style and computer coloured. Ray drew eight Postman Pat Annuals from 1993 to 2000.

Between 1997 and 2005 Ray worked on educational books for Africa and the Caribbean for Macmillan Education. Covering an enormous range of subjects in 24 books. Some were illustrations for a traditional African story, some were factual, some descriptive, religious, decorative, some picture stories, some comic, some pure adventure.

He brought his individual slant to classic rhymes and fairy stories in The Award book of Tales and Rhymes, published by Award Publications in 1999.

Magazines and comics[edit]

From 1982 to 1988 Mutimer wrote, designed and illustrated pages of craft "how to make" activities for children. These appeared in various comics, mostly for girls. The longest running was "Make with Mum" in Pepper Street, published by DC Thomson.

For four years he drew another TV character created by Ivor Wood, Charlie Chalk. He drew 2 or 3 pictures strips and the occasional activity page each week in the Postman Pat Weekly Children's magazine published by Fleetway. Towards the end of the comic's life he also drew Postman Pat on the covers and inside. He gave the fortnightly "Play and Learn Postman Pat" spin off striking fully painted covers as well as interior picture strips.

Working for Marvel UK from 1992 to 1994, on Rupert and friends and Rupert Learn and Play – weekly children's picture strip magazines, Ray illustrated four page picture stories and activity pages called Bingo's Workshop.

Ray also contributed to various BBC Publications Children's magazines.

Childrens’ Magazines in which work regularly appeared[edit]

Title Dates
DC Thomson
Pepper Street 1984 – 1987
Fleetway Publications
Postman Pat weekly 1990 – 1994
Postman Pat learn and Play
Marvel UK
Rupert and friends 1992 – 1994
Rupert learn and Play
BBC Children’s magazines
Toybox 1997 – 2003
Toybox Teach Me 2001 – 2003
Noddy 1994 – 1999
Starhill Ponies 1999 – 2000

Later exhibitions[edit]

August 2004. "Original Postman Pat illustrations." Newby Hall, Ripon. 65 pictures.

May 2005. Heild Gallery, Bishop Monkton.

August 2005. "Original Postman Pat illustrations." Newby Hall, Ripon. 63 pictures.

August 2006. "Original Postman Pat illustrations." Newby Hall, Ripon. 62 pictures.

September 2006. “Great North Art Show.” (Group Show.) Ripon Cathedral, Ripon. 4 paintings.

August 2007. "Original Postman Pat illustrations." Newby Hall, Ripon. 71 pictures.

September 2007. “Great North Art Show.” (Group Show.) Ripon Cathedral, Ripon. 4 paintings.

December 2007. “Postman Pat illustrations.” Preston Hall Museum, Stockton-on-Tees. (Raising funds for the Butterwick Hospice Extension Appeal.)

August 2008. "Original Postman Pat illustrations." Newby Hall, Ripon. 65 pictures.

September 2008. “Great North Art Show.” (Group Show.) Ripon Cathedral, Ripon. 4 paintings.

September 2009. “Great North Art Show.” (Group Show.) Ripon Cathedral, Ripon. 4 paintings.

August 2011. The March Hare Gallery, Ripon.

December 2011. “A Little Imagination.” Art in the Mill, Knaresborough.

July & August 2012. “Postman Pat and others” Nunnington Hall, York.

July, August & September 2013. Assorted illustrations at Beningbrough Hall. Yorkshire.

March 2015. Tennant’s Garden galley, Harrogate.

April 2015. St Michaels Hospice, Harrogate. (Solo fund raising show.)

June 2015. Mercer Gallery, Harrogate. 1 painting, 1 drawing.

April, May & June 2016. Preston Hall Museum, Stockton-on-Tees. 28 paintings and 28 illustrations.

Bibliography (partial)[edit]

Title Author Artist Publisher Date ISBN
The Eye of Elba Charles Jackson Ray Mutimer Aberlard-Schuman 1976 0200723634
The Secret of Kellerman's Studio Ken Follett Ray Mutimer Aberlard-Schuman 1976 0200723022
Roger Moore and the Crimefighters series
The Anchor Trick Anthony Wall Ray Mutimer Everest Books 1977 0905018680
Death in Demins Dulcie Gray Ray Mutimer Everest Books 1977 0905018702
Crook Ahoy Fielden Hughes Ray Mutimer Everest Books 1977 0905018397
1001 Shoplifters Robin Smyth Ray Mutimer Everest Books 1977 0905018370
The Siege Malcolm Hulke Ray Mutimer Everest Books 1977 0905018001
The Secrets Man Deben Holt Ray Mutimer Everest Books 1977 0905018664
Roundabouts series
The Giant's Socks Ben Butterworth Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1978 0560015240
The Witch and the Broomstick Ben Butterworth Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1978 0560015275
The Princess and the Dragon Ben Butterworth Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1978 0560015267
The Princess Who Could Not Cry Ben Butterworth Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1978 0560015259
Beware of the Man with No Name Jim Rogerson Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1979 0560015534
Mountain Fever Jim Rogerson Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1979 0560015542
The Sands of the Marjee Jim Rogerson Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1979 0560015550
It is Always Dark for a Blind Man Jim Rogerson Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1979 0560015526
Tim and the Hidden People series
News from the North Sheila K McCullagh Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1980 0560013892
The Cry in the Dark Sheila K McCullagh Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1980 0560013906
The Shield Stone Sheila K McCullagh Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1980 0560013914
The Storm over the Sea Sheila K McCullagh Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1980 0560013922
The Cave of the Wind Witches Sheila K McCullagh Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1980 0560013930
In Diaman's Cave Sheila K McCullagh Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1980 0560013949
Danger on the Moor Sheila K McCullagh Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1980 0560013957
At the Hill of the Stone Prisons Sheila K McCullagh Ray Mutimer E J Arnold & Son 1980 0560013965
Burglars in the Yard Sheila K McCullagh Ray Mutimer Arnold-Wheaton 1983 0560014007
The Wild Witches and the Talisman Sheila K McCullagh Ray Mutimer Arnold-Wheaton 1983 056001399X
Magic in the North Sheila K McCullagh Ray Mutimer Arnold-Wheaton 1983 0560014015
Tim and the People of the Moonlight Sheila K McCullagh Ray Mutimer Arnold-Wheaton 1983 0560013981
The Relay Readers series
A mad Scramble! Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
What a Catch! Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Pot Shots Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Lost and Found Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
One Good Turn... Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
The Final Score Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
No Hiding Place Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
A Near Thing! Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
The Bullfighter Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
No Contest! Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
A Bad Break Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Canal junk Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Strange Meeting Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Pit Stop! Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Not a Leg to Stand On! Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Race Against the Tide Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Bringing the House Down! Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
A Fair Cop! Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Christmas Shopping Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Gone Fishing! Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Home and Away Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Witch Hunt! Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
A fighting Chance! Barrie Johnson Ray Mutimer Schofield & Sims 1982 (ISBN allocated to a set of Six books)
Postman Pat - Tales From Greendale series
Pat and the Puzzle Parcels John Cunliffe Ray Mutimer Andre Deutsch / Scholastic 1990 0233984178
Granny Dryden's Runaway Pig John Cunliffe Ray Mutimer Andre Deutsch / Scholastic 1990 0233984186
Ted Glen's New Year Promises John Cunliffe Ray Mutimer Andre Deutsch / Scholastic 1990 0233986294
Julian and the Vacuum Cleaner John Cunliffe Ray Mutimer Andre Deutsch / Scholastic 1991 0233985905
Miss Hubbard's New Hat John Cunliffe Ray Mutimer Andre Deutsch / Scholastic 1991 0233986510
Postman Pat's Wild Cat Chase John Cunliffe Ray Mutimer Andre Deutsch / Scholastic 1992 023365432X
Reverend Timms Gives a Film Show John Cunliffe Ray Mutimer Andre Deutsch / Scholastic 1993 0590540912
Postman Pat and the Flood John Cunliffe Ray Mutimer Andre Deutsch / Scholastic 1994 0590541250
Postman Pat series
Postman Pat and the Toy Soldiers John Cunliffe Ray Mutimer Andre Deutsch / Scholastic 1991 0590550543
Postman Pat Takes the Bus John Cunliffe Ray Mutimer Andre Deutsch / Scholastic 1992 0590540416
Postman pat and the Barometer John Cunliffe Ray Mutimer Andre Deutsch / Scholastic 1994 0590541749
Postman Pat and the Tuba John Cunliffe Ray Mutimer Andre Deutsch / Scholastic 1994 0590541641
Annuals
Postman Pat Annual 1993 John Escott Ray Mutimer & Christine Mutimer World international 1992 0749809108
Postman Pat Annual 1994 John Escott Ray Mutimer & Christine Mutimer World international 1993 0749813512
Postman Pat Annual 1995 John Escott Ray Mutimer & Christine Mutimer World international 1994 0749819952
Postman Pat Annual 1996 Brenda Apsley Ray Mutimer & Christine Mutimer World international 1995 0749823143
Postman Pat Annual 1997 Brenda Apsley Ray Mutimer & Christine Mutimer World international 1996 0749828005
Postman Pat Annual 1998 Brenda Apsley Ray Mutimer & Christine Mutimer World international 1997 074983384X
Postman Pat Annual 1999 Brenda Apsley Ray Mutimer & Christine Mutimer World international 1998 0749837705
Postman Pat Annual 2000 Brenda Apsley Ray Mutimer & Christine Mutimer World international 1999 0749842881
Charlie Chalk Annual 1992 Geoffrey Cowan Ray Mutimer & Christine Mutimer World international 1991 0749802715

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