National Museum of Cardiff is showcasing the talent of the recognisable, world famous illustrator Quentin Blake.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory © Quentin Blake
Quentin began illustrating children's books in the early '60s. Yes, that's right, he has more than 50 years' experience. Notably he is most renown for bringing Roald Dahl's stories to life, which began in the late 70's with The Enormous Crocodile, closely followed by The Twits. Many of Quentin's originals, both published and preliminary works, from classics to hidden gems, can be appreciated in full at Quentin Blake: Inside Stories. This exhibition at National Museum Cardiff is in line with Roald Dahl 100 Wales, a celebration of Dahl's would be centenary later this year.
These books are iconic, the literature and illustrations equally, I'd go so far as to say it's a perfect pairing. Let's face it they have longevity. Children want to read them, I think they'll be enjoyed for many generations to come. We should take a leaf out of Matilda's book; I know there'll always be space on my shelf for The BFG and his snozzcumbers. That being said it's the combination of 'pure imagination' and Quentin's quirky illustrations that has helped these stories make it to the big screen several times. The upcoming BFG film directed by Steven Spielberg is due for release in July 2016.
For a hardworking fellow trying to retire back in 1997, Quentin has gone to achieve much, much more. Including extended collaborations with novelist and poet Micheal Rosen, working alongside David Walliams for two of his latest books, continued artwork in hospitals for adults, and last, but not least, receiving a knighthood. Even now, well into his eighties, he shows little sign of slowing.
Wish to find out more about the man behind the illustrations, have a look here.
All images © Quentin Blake.
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