Quentin Blake was born in 1932. After reading English at Downing College Cambridge, and further education at the London Institute of Education he attended life classes at Chelsea School of Art. Although he has no official art school qualifications he has always made his living as an illustrator, as well as teaching for twenty years at the Royal College of Art. He has illustrated over 300 books, including all the children’s books of Roald Dahl in a celebrated collaboration over forty years. He has worked extensively with other writers such as Michael Rosen, Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken and John Yeoman and has also illustrated his own stories and classics such as Candide, and Don Quixote. In 2013 he received a Knighthood for services for illustration, and he is also a Chevalier of the Lègion d’Honneur.
His interest in owls began early in life when as a schoolboy he put together enough pocket money to buy a copy of Eric Hosking’s “Birds of the Night”. Recently he seized the opportunity to illustrate, in an English version by John Yeoman, Emmanuele Luzzati’s “Three Little Owls”.
During our time together with Sir Quentin Blake, and one of our owls “Woodii”, he promised a quote to simply explain why we are so privileged be able to call him a Patron. He said this…….
“The shapes and behaviour of owls has always fascinated me, and they are always getting into my work, from Mr Magnolia who had some owls who were learning to hoot to oil paintings with figures and flying owls. It’s something very special to be asked to become a Patron of The Owls Trust; not only a privilege, but full of interest.”