The Easel

Birds Like Us

Britain has a long tradition of illustration. More a cousin of fine art than a sibling, illustration is essentially intimate in scale and inextricably linked to narrative. Fine art need be neither. Eminent illustrator Quentin Blake, belongs to this tradition.  A longtime Roald Dahl collaborator, he is now renowned for his human-like birds. Why birds? “I say feebly that perhaps it’s because they have two legs like us”.