Lauren Child 10th Children's Lareate

RSC The Tempest

Visit beautiful Compton Verney, an independent national art gallery and ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped park located nine miles from Stratford-upon-Avon.  Picasso on Paper brings fresh attention to Pablo Picasso’s brilliantly inventive career as a printmaker. More than 70 works from Dusseldorf’s Museum Kunstpalast reveal Picasso’s remarkable ability to explore different media and creative techniques, offering a glimpse into the artist’s intimate and passionate domestic relationships. Picasso regarded printmaking as every inch an important art form as painting. So much so that he created over 2000 prints during his lifetime. He received no formal training in the craft, but acquired great skill on his own volition and under the tutelage of others.  This show – with works dating from the 1920s to the 1960s – traces Picasso experiments with technique and subject matter in various media, including etching, lithography, aquatint and linocut. Taking the visitor on a journey through four decades of his work, thematically grouped to give a greater understanding of his relationships with several subjects – including family, bullfighting and mythology.  Picasso on Paper is complemented by eight ceramics that he created in association with the Madoura pottery near Antibes in Provence.  Images above, left to right: Pablo Picasso, Jumping with the pole, 1957, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2016 Pablo Picasso, Françoise, 1946, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2016 Pablo Picasso, Dying Minotaur, 1933, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2016

QUENTIN BLAKE SIGNING Quentin Blake signs the first 100 prints of the Official Collector’s Edition Birthday Print Released 13th September 2016, marking 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl - the world’s number one storyteller Roald Dahl was born in Wales 1916, to Norwegian parents. After a distinguished career as a fighter pilot and diplomat during the Second World War, he settled down to become a fulltime author; first writing popular stories for adults; then, later, retelling many of the stories he made up at  bedtime for his own children. The first book Roald Dahl and illustrator Quentin Blake worked upon together was The Enormous Crocodile. The two soon became firm friends, cementing one of the most eye-catching and distinctive collaborations in children’s literature. Roald Dahl died in 1990. His work has been published in over 40 languages and today is considered a modern classic.  Quentin Blake was born in 1932 and has drawn ever since he can remember. His first drawing was published in ‘Punch’ when he was just 16.  He has always made his living as an illustrator, as well as teaching for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art. His books have won numerous prizes and awards. In 1999 he was appointed the first ever Children's Laureate, Quentin Blake was created CBE in 2005 and received a knighthood for ‘services to illustration’, in 2013.   To celebrate 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, Aquarelle Publishing have released a very special commemorative edition and we are delighted that Quentin Blake, has signed the first 100 prints.  These are being released along with a special print, Roald Dahl, The Storyteller. This image was produced especially for the title page of The Roald Dahl Treasury.

Jane Ray Signed Limited Edition Prints Exclusively Commissioned Collection of Artwork from Jane Ray produced as Hand Embellished Artisan Limited Edition Prints Jane was born and lives in London with her family. She works in a studio in her garden where she pins postcards and cuttings to the wall beside her work-table to provide inspiration and ‘help her to focus'.  Influenced by Paul Klee and Marc Chagall, Jane spends a lot of time at The British Museum looking at folk art from various countries from around the world. She enjoys teaching too, often working on projects in Primary Schools, and she teaches art one day a week at a centre for refugees in Islington, North London.  Jane frequently exhibits her original work in Cambridge and London.  This is her second collection commissioned by Aquarelle Publishing, and they embody her trademark magnificence with exuberant patterning and  other worldliness.