Friday, 2 December 2011

Two great illustrators and exhibitions of their work

What lovely news this week, that Quentin Blake has been awarded the Prince Philip Designers Prize. This BBC piece includes a brief video clip in which he talks about what the award means to him. There’s another interesting interview with him here, in which he discusses his artwork commissioned by a variety of hospitals to have a therapeutic effect on patients. An exhibition of over sixty of the pictures, including ones Blake created for a mental health ward, an eating disorder clinic, and a hospital for young people, is on till 11 December at Compton Verney and is moving to the Foundling Museum in January.

I was delighted to fit in a visit to a wonderful (free) exhibition of John Burningham’s work at the Fleming Collection in London. I’ve always loved his illustrations. Seeing the original artwork was an enormous treat. The
colours and textures were a revelation. There were lots of pictures I had never seen too, not to mention the original model for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and some fascinating archive material. On until 22 December and thoroughly
recommended!