100 figures : the unseen art of Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake's illustrations are instantly recognisable to millions ofpeople around the world.
A new exhibition to be held at London'sHouse of Illustration will explore an unusual aspect of Blake's work,however, exhibiting for the first time 100 examples of his works of art. 100 Figures, will feature all of the 100 exhibited works - ranging fromlarge-scale oil paintings to drawings and prints, created between the1950s and today. Works included date back to his post-grad years in the 1950s whenhe struggled to make a living as an illustrator and took life-drawingclasses at Chelsea School of Art.
It was here that he first engagedwith the human figure, but soon, having observed how the humanbody behaves, he found he was able to draw it from memory in anypose, working from his vivid imagination. 100 Figures will also offer the chance to catch a rare glimpse of earlyoil paintings by Blake - some painted on hardboard since he wasunable to afford canvases at that time and painted using commercialhouse-painters' brushes.