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Quentin Blake


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1. Looking Seeing - the modus operandi 2.Drawing Childhood - youth, army 3 Collaborating - Roald Dahl, Joan Aiken, Russell Hoban, David Walliams 4.Learning Teaching - Cambridge, Chelsea, Royal College of Art 5.Dressing - the people he draws 6.Swimming Flying - his creations, hospital works on this theme 7. Writing Speaking - Lectures and Conversations 8. Supporting - Philanthropy, House of Illustrationsm, friends and Students 9. Becoming - later adventures off the page, curating/hospital work

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Based on interviews with the subject, this visual biography is an intimate portrait of Quentin Blake, the much-loved illustrator and artistic genius of our age.

About the Author

Ghislaine Kenyon worked formerly as Deputy Head of Education at the National Gallery and then Head of Learning at Somerset House. She has curated several exhibitions, including Tell Me a Picture in 2000 with Quentin Blake.


Quentin is the greatest and most loved illustrator in the world * David Walliams *
Quentin Blake is without doubt Britain's best-known and best-loved living illustrator. His work has stimulated the fantastical flights of fancy of successive generations of children and adults since the early 1960s. And yet - surprisingly - there has never been a study of this gentle, committed and influential artist. Until Ghislaine Kenyon's book, that is... * Sir Christopher Frayling *
It is so intelligent, so modest, so elegantly written, carefully considered, and beautifully produced. Every sentence is packed with thought. It's a gem of a book - bringing imagination and empathy back into play in criticism. I'm loving it so much that I'm even taking it slowly - savouring a page at a time * Frances Wilson *
The pictures in this book will make you smile ... The drawings are at the heart of it all, and Ghislaine Kenyon is very good at evoking a sense of not only the artist at work, but of the images themselves, those scratchy, energetic people, animals and other assorted creatures (Zagazoo!) that skitter across his pages and walls so freely ... Kenyon is full of praise for her subject, but the greatest compliment she pays him, in a society that so undervalues books for children, is to take his work seriously. Her book is a celebration, yes, but not one that's rooted in sentiment or nostalgia; rather, in insightful analysis of what makes this artist unique and why his effect on us is so comprehensively positive. It's an apt and well-deserved celebration. * Spectator *
A "fine", richly illustrated study of man and work. * The Week *
As Ghislaine Kenyon outlines in this charming and energetic biography, there is a case to be made for Blake as an artist whose work can surprise and delight children and grown-ups alike ... Lavishly illustrated, brimming with images both familiar and foreign ... As an off-beat biography it is an endearing tribute to an artist of remarkable intelligence and imagination -- Liam Hess * Times Literary Supplement *
Splendidly produced and full of work I might not otherwise get to see. * Joey Cavalieri, Editor and Writer, DC Comics *
Kenyon's study of the inimitable Blake, now 83, is richly illustrated and its revealing interviews give a welcome insight into this most distinctive artist. * Royal Academy Magazine *

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