Quentin Blake: We Live in Worrying Times
Online exhibition now on at Hastings Contemporary
Earlier this year, before the coronavirus pandemic, the artist began producing a new body of work themed around concern for the state of the world.
At the centre of the exhibition is The Taxi Driver, a huge mural, that pays homage to Picasso’s Guernica, transposing its anti-war sentiment to the present day. Blake created the work after a fateful encounter with a taxi driver in London, who – lamenting that ‘we live in worrying times’ – encouraged Blake to take up the mantle of artist-hero and produce a new Guernica for the world, an outcry against the encroaching global disasters of the near future.
Apposite and essential viewing!