Quentin Blake is a renowned British artist and illustrator, best known for his work in children’s books. He was born on December 16, 1932, in Sidcup, Kent, England.
Blake studied at the Cambridge School of Art and later at the Chelsea School of Art in London. He began his career as an illustrator in the 1950s, working for various publications, including Punch magazine. He went on to illustrate more than 300 books for children, working with many of the best-known authors in the field, including Roald Dahl, Michael Rosen, and John Yeoman.
Blake is particularly well-known for his collaborations with Roald Dahl, which began with “The Enormous Crocodile” in 1978. Blake went on to illustrate many of Dahl’s most famous works, including “Matilda,” “The BFG,” and “The Witches.” His illustrations are often characterized by their whimsical, energetic style and their use of bold lines and vibrant colours.
In addition to his work as an illustrator, Blake has also worked as a writer and a teacher. He has written and illustrated several books of his own, including “The Story of the Dancing Frog” and “Clown.” He has also taught illustration at several institutions, including the Royal College of Art in London.
Throughout his career, Blake has been recognized for his contributions to children’s literature and illustration. He was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1980 for his illustrations in “The Vicar of Nibbleswicke” by Roald Dahl, and he was appointed as the first Children’s Laureate in the United Kingdom in 1999. In 2013, he was knighted for his services to illustration.
Today, Quentin Blake is considered one of the most important and beloved illustrators of children’s literature, and his work continues to inspire and delight readers of all ages.
Quentin Blake: ‘Illustrating Verse’ exhibition dedicated to Quentin Blake’s illustrations for poetry is at Weston Museum from 4 March – 3 June 2023. Free Entry.