At the Jerwood Gallery: Quentin Blake, Artists on the Beach

The Jerwood Gallery is all about drawing this summer (it’s the 20th anniversary of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, and there’s an exhibition in the Foreshore Gallery celebrating that) so they’ve called on perhaps the most famous ‘draw-er’ in Britain, Quentin Blake, to bring his trademark illustrations to Hastings.  

The conceit is deceptively simple: a portrait of ten artists whose work features in the permanent Jerwood collection presented in the context of the Jerwood and Hastings’ Stade area.

This means we get a seagull staring suspiciously at L S Lowry, for example.  Alongside this there is some nice text by QB about each of the artists featured.  There is a challenge to locate the picture being referenced but, sadly, the call of the cafe interrupted my plans for that adventure.  I may return to give it a go.

There’s a nice little accompanying notebook and the shop is now festooned with drawing kits should you find yourself inspired.  The challenge will be to do anything as wonderful as Blake seems to manage so effortlessly.


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