Coventry & Warwickshire

Quentin Blake hospital artwork on display

An exhibition of "therapeutic" artwork by Quentin Blake has gone on display in south Warwickshire.

Best known for illustrations of Roald Dahl books, Mr Blake was commissioned by hospitals to create art that has a positive effect on patients.

The As Large As Life exhibition at Compton Verney will be the first time all 60 works have been brought together.

Mr Blake said it had been a challenge to imagine how patients might respond.

He said: "With a book you're imagining what the characters are like and perhaps what the reader is going to think.

"But here you're trying to imagine what those patients are like and what effect the pictures might have on them."

He added that the illustrations had been designed to suit specific locations and were inspired by visits to hospitals across the UK and abroad.

The collection includes work for a maternity hospital at Angers, in France, as well as a London eating disorder clinic and a mental health ward in Harrow.

The artwork will be on display at Compton Verney until 11 December.

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