Lottery 15: one Fritz Hansen ANT™ chairs
About the artist:
Quentin Blake is best known for his memorable and inimitable illustrations used in Roald Dahl books such as The Twits and Fantastic Mr Fox. Quentin has also written and illustrated his own books and created his own much-loved characters. In 2002 Quentin won the Hans Christian Andersen award for Illustration, the highest international recognition given to illustrators of children’s books, and was awarded a CBE in 2005.
For Quentin Blake, the Big Chair Project set him a new challenge as it has been the first time he has been asked to create his artwork on a dining room chair. Speaking of his design, Quentin mentioned that he usually plans his characters before he starts his illustrating, giving each character a personality and mimics their expression as he illustrates it. For Quentin’s “Food in Flight” piece, he mentions that he wanted all the characters to freely move around the chair, to almost create a pattern on the chair, and he successfully does this by allowing the characters to have the freedom to levitate, or how he imagines, “swimming in the air”. Quentin mentioned that in reality, if the characters were all on the ground, it would mean that they would all be stood at the bottom, at the base of the chair. Given the food element, Quentin has drawn all the characters with pieces of food as if they were having a picnic, and as he has drawn the chair for the Better Food Foundation, all the food elements are that of a healthy nature. “Dragons in the Kitchen” has a different take on the food education as Quentin has created the design to illustrate two younger dragons cooking for their older relative. Originally studied to become a teacher, Quentin has explained that education is important and that art and cookery both are very similar as the result and response is the main focus is on from the start.
“I liked the idea of children flying through the air with fruit and sandwiches – it’s as though they are on a trampoline you can’t see; and I’m always pleased to draw dragons, and the flames for their nostrils are obviously just the thing for cooking.” Quentin Blake
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