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Quentin Blake: Inside Stories

Sat 21 October 2017Sun 17 December 2017, 11.00am – 5.00pm

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It is rare for an illustrator’s name to be as instantly recognisable as their work, but then Quentin Blake is no ordinary artist. Renowned as one of the world’s most important and best-loved illustrators he is famous for his witty and lively drawings in the books of Roald Dahl.
Quentin Blake: Inside Stories gives a unique insight into the origins of some of Blake’s most iconic and popular creations, ranging from his illustrations in Dahl’s The Twits and Danny the Champion of the World, to The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, by way of collaborations with John Yeoman, Russell Hoban and Michael Rosen. The exhibition includes first roughs and storyboards – many never seen outside Blake’s studio before – along with finished artwork to demonstrate how his ideas evolved, often in close collaboration with the authors. It also reveals how he uses a wide range of different techniques and media to create his distinctive and unforgettable images – employing inks, watercolours and pastels, in response to the particular mood of a book and the nature of its characters.

Quentin Blake: Inside Stories is a touring exhibition from House of Illustration, co-curated by Quentin Blake and Claudia Zeff.



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