Few illustrators made their mark on our childhood psyche more than Quentin Blake. (His only rival: the japester who drew that hairy penis in our French notebook, age 11, which led to an unjust detention. You know who you are.) The much-loved artist — who famously brought to life the characters of Roald Dahl and went on to become Britain’s first Children’s Laureate – has a new exhibition on at the Foundling Museum.
Quentin Blake – As Large as Life contains 60 new works by the artist, commissioned for four hospitals around Europe. The light-hearted images depict elderly people performing circus tricks, aliens and children pretending to be doctor and patient, mothers and babies underwater, and the quiet pleasures of everyday life.
The exhibition is included in the ticket price for the wider museum (£7.50/£5), and offers the chance to see Blake’s work alongside old masterpieces by the likes of Hogarth and Millais.
A free iPad app showcasing the work, and featuring a video interview with the artist, is also available from Artfinder.