This free app gives you access to Britain’s best-loved and most successful illustrator, who, thanks to his illustrations of Roald Dahl’s children’s books, has firmly established himself in our collective childhood. Blake has over 50 years in the industry, and his distinctive sketchy and rough-around-the-edges style permeates every genre of illustration he has undertaken, including the four series of hospital paintings on display at the Foundling.
Blake’s work combines a raw energy with an understanding for human behaviour. He finds subtle humour in places we would not initially think to look, and because of this his work might be singularised by its instinctive ability to portray a sense of character; it is always relatable – even when portraying aliens on Planet Zog or mothers and babies swimming underwater together.
It is these characters, amongst others, that have been immortalised digitally in Artfinder and the Foundling’s new app for iPad. This app – which is free to download from today – features a video interview with the artist explaining his working methods, as well as a selection of high-resolution images of works from each of the four hospital series that are on exhibition at the Foundling Museum. All images are enhanced by digital zoom and descriptive information.
On the occasion of this exhibition, Quentin Blake has produced two very special and exclusive limited edition prints for the Foundling Museum, which can be viewed on the app. These Giclee prints (on Aquarelle Arches watercolour paper) are produced in editions of 250, and are signed by the artist. Priced at £250 each (unframed), they provide an exclusive chance to own a limited edition print by one of the best-known and best-loved British artists.
“All of us at Artfinder are very excited to be working with the Foundling Museum and Quentin Blake on this promotional app and widget to highlight the upcoming Quentin Blake – As large as life exhibition,” says Spencer Hyman, founder and CEO of Artfinder. “We are also delighted to be supporting the sales of the two superb limited edition prints by Quentin Blake for the exhibition, and the charitable work of both the Foundling and Blake.”
Whether you prefer to experience Blake in your old, bedraggled books, hanging on your walls or – for the digitally inclined amongst us – on your iPad, his illustrations continue to have a timeless appeal that inspire their viewers to daydream about the everyday.