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We have in the Gallery now new work by Beatrix Potter, Helen Oxenbury, Sasha Harding and Quentin Blake's take on Roald Dahl work
Roald Dahl - Quentin Blake
The first book Roald Dahl and illustrator Quentin Blake worked upon together was THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE. Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake soon became firm friends, cementing one of the most eye-catching and distinctive collaborations in children’s literature.
Born in Bath but raised on the south coast in Dorset. One of seven children Sasha Harding was encouraged to paint from an early age and had her first exhibition at the age of fourteen with an older sister in the sitting room at home. Sasha won an Art Scholarship to Marlborough College, which was followed by a Diploma and a Fine Art Degree. Sasha Harding now lives on the south coast of Cornwall with man, dog and chickens.
Born in London in 1866 and grew up living the conventionally sheltered life of a Victorian girl in a well-to-do household. Her constant companions were the pet animals she kept which she enjoyed studying and sketching. On summer holidays Beatrix Potter delighted in exploring the countryside and learning about plants and animals from her own observations. Beatrix Potter’s career as a children’s illustrator and storyteller began when The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published in 1902. The public loved it as soon as it appeared and Beatrix went on to produce on average two books a year until 1910.
The money she earned from her ‘little books', as she called them, gave her financial independence and she began to purchase property in her beloved Lake District. In 1913 she married William Heelis, a Lakeland solicitor, and made Sawrey her permanent home. Writing and painting began to take second place to farming, sheep-breeding and buying stretches of the beautiful Lakeland countryside to ensure their conservation. When she died in 1943 she left over 4,000 acres of land and fifteen farms to the nation.
Helen is among the most popular and critically acclaimed illustrators of her time. Helen Oxenbury has illustrated numerous books for children including Smarties Book Prize-winning Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell; We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen; as well as her classic board books for babies. Helen Oxenbury won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Alice in Wonderland. Helen Oxenbury lives in London.
You can see all of the four artist's work now at the Quay Gallery or take a quick look at the following link.
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