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Quentin Blake: drawings, etchings and lithographs

Quentin Blake, The Portrait, 2012, watercolour.

Exhibition preview

FROM December 12, 2012 to January 11, 2013, Marlborough Graphics is holding an exhibition of drawings and prints by the artist and illustrator Quentin Blake, who turns eighty in December 2012.

Quentin Blake is internationally renowned for his illustrations of children’s books and most especially for his association with Roald Dahl.

However, this show is different; these works are ‘off the page’, as none of the work will have been seen before, and none are illustrations of books, or illustrations from texts, but are entirely derived from the artist’s imagination and observations.

Ambiguous relationships between old and young, between friends and family, humans and animals are all subtly observed, and depicted with humour and sadness. The joys and disappointments that life and relationships bring are ‘drawn out’ on the pages, with pencil, pastel, watercolour, or an etching needle.

The range of emotions and the range of media are a testament to the originality of Quentin Blake’s mind, and his magical ability to draw.

A fully illustrated catalogue will be available with an introduction by the writer and historian Jenny Uglow.

Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BY