Quentin Blake Biography

Quentin Blake
Quentin Blake was born in London in 1932, and since he can remember he has always drawn. His first illustrations appeared in Punch at the age of just 16. After finishing his studies he taught for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art.

He is a renowned illustrator, famously collaborating with writers such as Roald Dahl, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, John Yeoman and Russel Hobman. In 1999 he was appointed Children's Laureate, a post designed to raise the profile of children's literature.

His artworks have earnt him numerous accolades including the highest award any illustrator can receive; The Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration.

He has curated shows at the National Gallery, the British Library and the Musée du Petit Palais in Paris. He has also created large scale works for hospitals and healthcare settings in the UK and France for the public. 

Quentin Blake has been admitted to the Legion d'Honneur and was created CBE in 2005, is an RDI and has honorary degrees from UK universities. He received a knighthood for 'services to illustration' in 2013, and became an Honorary Freeman of the City of London in 2015.
Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake Artworks