If you’re yet to explore Sir Quentin Blake’s The Only Way to Travel exhibition at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings this summer, you might want to consider taking your chequebook when you visit…
Quentin Blake Exhibition: The Only Way to Travel
While his illustrations trigger fond childhood memories and classic Roald Dahl storylines for most of us, Sir Quentin Blake uses his latest exhibition to turn his playful pen on more serious issues. In The Only Way to Travel, the beloved illustrator explores mental health, lack of creativity in education and the refugee crisis, with original artwork created on site.
The Only Way to Travel features extraordinary beasts, machines and narrative scenes, exploring themes such as dislocation, loneliness and depression.
‘I chose the title because it gives me the opportunity of doing a number of different kinds of pictures on related themes. Many are comic fantasy, some are more decorative and others have a suggestion of metaphorical significance, which allows me to explore human situations and feelings. I thought also that the idea of ways of travelling was something that almost anyone of any age might relate to, and help to lead them into the pictures’. – Sir Quentin Blake
Blake created the works entirely from his imagination on canvas so large he needed a cherry picker to life him metres off the ground. Watch a video of the illustrator at work here.
Take one home
Select works in Blake’s The Only Way to Travel are available to purchase. To enquire about buying a work from the exhibition, please email [email protected] or call 01424 728377.
Jerwood Gallery: From 14 June-15 October