As Large As Life
Quentin BlakeMain Auditorium & Gallery 1
13 November 2013 – 12 January 2014
Sir Quentin Blake’s charming illustrations are well known from children’s books – his name conjures images of giraffes and pelicans, book loving children, giant fruit or magic pencils!
Quentin has been commissioned by hospitals and health centres, in the UK and abroad, to produce works which have a therapeutic effect on their residents. This exhibition brings over 50 prints from the much loved artist to The Harley Gallery, for visitors to experience these restorative effects for themselves.
These drawings are instantly recognisable as Quentin’s work, combining his characteristic wit and warmth with subtly refined, reassuring colour, tone and quality of line. The images soothe the senses while drawing you into their narratives. “I think the very presence of pictures helps to make being in, or visiting a hospital a more normal, less alien experience. What I have tried to include is a certain amount of detail, some interesting activities, and some suggestions of the little drama of relationships, so that the viewers – especially any who have to wait – may feel the desire to go on looking and perhaps even to speculate about the stories happening in front of them.”
Quentin Blake www.quentinblake.co.uk
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This exhibition has been organised by Compton Verney in collaboration with the House of Illustration.
From the Ordinary Life in Vincent Square series, © Quentin Blake