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Gallery to show work of Sir Quentin Blake’s former students

28 September, 2018 — By The Xtra Diary

Sir Quentin Blake tutored at the Royal College of Art 40 years ago


His illustrations have graced more than 300 books, his work has become a lodestone for British art – and now Diary hears of yet another reason Sir Quentin Blake, 86, really is the archetypal national treasure.

Sir Quentin, whose own books such as Mr Magnolia, Daisy Artichoke and so, so, many other classics are best sellers, as
well as his collaboration with the writer Roald Dahl – has put his hand into his pocket to pay for a three-week run at a gallery in Windmill Street, Soho. And what makes this all the more interesting is the show, made up of seven artists, features people he taught as a tutor at the Royal College of Art 40 years ago.

Fitter, Rod Judkins

Sir Quentin hired The Framers Gallery for the show: all those contributing have gone on to have successful careers in the arts, ranging from medieval history to animation, and from writing to graphic design. And all have kept in touch with their celebrated former teacher and now he has brought them back together. “It’s incredibly generous of Quentin,” says Gill Bradley, organiser of the show, entitled 81:18 as they were all taught by Sir Quentin in 1981.

Knitted hose dress Menzies, Christine Simpson



Going to Heysham, Pat Naylor



Myrtle, Gill Bradley


The exhibition consists of figurative work reflecting the lives of the seven artists during 2018. Their subjects range from Scottish life, Country Folklore, The Theatre of Women, and urban and domestic landscapes by artists Gill Bradley, Monica Cornforth, Carolyn Gowdy, Claire Harper, Rod Judkins, Pat Naylor and Christine Simpson.

81:18 is at The Framers Gallery, 36 Windmill Street, W1T 2JT, from Tuesday www.theframersgallery.co.uk/exhibitions



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