House of Illustration’s permanent Quentin Blake Gallery opened on 29 April with an exploration of Quentin's appraoch to magic and surrealism.
The exhibition, curated by Quentin Blake and HOI Curator, Olivia Ahmad, explores the varied depictions of magic both in his own books and in those of other writers such as Russell Hoban, John Yeoman and Roald Dahl. The exhibition features over 30 original illustrations from seven very different books - including Angel Pavement and Rosie's Magic Horse - and appeals to lovers of illustration of all ages. A full-colour catalogue accompanies the exhibition, and is availble to buy from the House of Illustration bookshop, priced £7.50.
The Quentin Blake Gallery is a new addition to the House of Illustration, and will offer a continuous series of exhibitions of different aspects of Quentin Blake's work, drawing on the unparallelled diversity of his personal archive of thousands of his original illustrations, roughs and preparatory drawings. It will also feature exhibitions curated by Quentin Blake of the work of other influential illustrators.
'Seven Kinds of Magic' runs 29 Apr to 24 Aug 2016, 10:00am - 6:00pm at the House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, London.
Visit the House of Illustration's website to find out about opening times and prices.