Quentin Blake: Inside Stories

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National Museum Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3NP, UK

Quentin Blake: Inside Stories celebrates the work of one of the world’s most important and best-loved illustrators. Best known for his illustrations in the books of Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake’s work is recognised worldwide.

This exhibition gives an unique insight into the origins of some of Blake’s most characteristic and popular creations, from his illustrations in Roald Dahl's The Twits and Danny, the Champion of the World to his own Clown, The Boy in The Dress by David Walliams and illustrations in books by John Yeoman, Russell Hoban and Michael Rosen.

It includes first roughs and storyboards, many never shown before, with finished artwork to demonstrate how ideas evolved, often in close collaboration with the authors. It will show how Blake brings to bear a wide range of different techniques and media including inks, watercolours and pastels applied with a variety of touch, in response to the particular mood of a book and the nature of its characters, to create his distinctive and unforgettable illustrations.

The exhibition was co-curated by Quentin Blake and Claudia Zeff for the opening of House of Illustration, the UK’s centre for the art of illustration.

It is being shown at National Museum Cardiff as part of the Wales wide year of activity celebrating Roald Dahl’s centenary.

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