27 June 2014

Opening exhibition runs 2 July - 2 November 2014

House of Illustration’s inaugural exhibition is Inside Stories, a landmark show by Quentin Blake, one of the UK’s most important and best-loved illustrators whose work is recognised worldwide.

This exhibition gives a unique insight into the origins of some of Blake’s most characteristic and popular creations, from his illustrations to Roald Dahl's The Twits and Danny the Champion of the World to his own Clown and The Boy in The Dress by David Walliams, together with illustrations to books by John Yeoman, Russell Hoban and Michael Rosen.

The exhibition brings together more than 100 pieces of art: first roughs, storyboards, and finished art work, to demonstrate how ideas evolved, often in close collaboration with the authors.  It shows how Blake brings to bear a wide range of different techniques and media including inks, watercolours and pastels applied with a variety of touch, in response to the particular mood of a book and the nature of its characters, to create his distinctive and unforgettable illustrations.

Quentin Blake: Inside Stories runs 2 July - 2 November 2014 at the House of Illustration's new London venue, 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH.  For more details, opening hours, and to book tickets visit the House of Illustration website


Quentin and his team visited the House of Illustration on 25 June to see how work was progressing.  Visit Quentin's Facebook page to see photos of exhibition installation and the surroundings in Granary Square.