This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of author Mervyn Peake, famous for his Gormenghast fantasy trilogy.
Hailed as one of the greatest British writers of the 20th century, Peake was also an illustrator, creating the artworks not just for his own works but also Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Hunting of the Snark, fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm and other works.
To mark the centenary of his birth, the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne is hosting a retrospective exhibition of Peake’s illustrations.
The Lines of Flight show will feature atmospheric illustrations from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Treasure Island, portaits from the Gormeghast trilogy and other works.
Julie Milne, curator of the Laing Art Gallery, says the exhibition, ‘Brings together Peake’s work, which depicts comical cartoon-like sketchings to paintings which are grotesque and macabre.’ She describes Peake’s illustration work as ‘somewhat forgotten today’.
Lines of Flight: Mervyn Peake, the Illustrated Work, is at Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, from 15 October 2011-8 January 2012.