It's a bit of a different post from me today! Last weekend we made a trip to Coventry's The Herbert art gallery and museum to see the Quentin Blake exhibition that's on there at the moment. As a big fan girl of Roald Dahl's books, it's impossible not to love the cheerful paintings of Quentin Blake's that so famously accompany them. Although the pictures in this exhibition weren't those from the Roald Dahl books, it was really interesting to see some of the other work he has done throughout his career, a lot of it adorning the walls of hospitals in different parts of the world.
Understandably we weren't allowed to take photos in the exhibition, but here are a few of my favourite pictures from it. I won't give too much explanation of the backstory of each one just in case you fancy going along!
"I am sure that art in hospitals must have a sustaining, reassuring and even perhaps an uplifting effect," said Blake himself. Whilst I am fortunate enough to say that I haven't spent much of my life in hospital, I can imagine that he would be right. From the OAP fire breather featured in a senior hospital to the mother swimming with her baby for the first time displayed in a maternity ward, Blake's work seems to emanate happiness in such a way that you can't help but smile when you see it. You can't deny that being in hospital would often be pretty grim, so I suppose that little things like art could be a silver lining when you're in such a situation. I didn't realise that Quentin Blake had done so much philanthropic work, so he's now even more of a top bloke than I thought he was already.
If you happen to be in the area and fancy going along, the exhibition is free and on until the beginning of November.
Do you ever go to exhibitions or galleries?