The House of Illustration will open the first ever exhibition of figurative art by Quentin Blake, giving an unprecedented insight into the personal creative practice of the UK’s most celebrated illustrator.
It will feature large-scale oil paintings, drawings and prints of 100 figures created over fifty years between 1950 and 2000, none of which have been exhibited before.
Portrayal of the body and gesture is the foundation of Blake’s consummate genius as a book illustrator and graphic artist. His lifelong, private practice as a figurative artist has run alongside his world-renowned illustration work but has, until now, remained hidden.
This remarkable body of work reveals his experimentation with materials, a more sculptural treatment of form and sensuous use of broad strokes.
The exhibition is accompanied by a 128-page book published by Tate in association with House of Illustration.
100 Figures: The Unseen Art of Quentin Blake @ House of Illustration’s Main Gallery, 5 October 2018 – 27 January 2019