"It's a time when an artist can do almost anything they want. It doesn't have to relate to the earlier work if you don't want it to and it is a wonderful feeling of freedom. Usually other people decide when your Late Period is or was, but rather than wait for anyone else, I've decided very consciously to have mine now."
A leading figure in the art world, often titled the ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’ Sir Peter Blake is best known for producing The Beatles’ ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album cover. Having been commissioned to paint a canvas of St. Martin for the Knights Chapel in St Paul’s Cathedral, the first new artist to be included for several hundred years, Sir Peter Blake truly is a grandee of British Art.
Maintaining his reputation and popularity with every creation he continues to produce a prolific output of work from his studio in West London. Knighted in 2002 and with his work represented in major collections throughout the world his work crosses all generational divides. Sir Pete Blake’s work reflects his fascination with popular culture and the beauty found in everyday objects and surroundings.
Sir Peter Blake was born in Dartford, Kent in 1932. Attending the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1956 he went on to travel and study folk art in countries such as Belgium, France, Italy and Spain. His passion for art flourished as he built up a respectable portfolio of work. Blake’s style evolved from the classical naturalistic oil works to the collaged works associated with him today. Although most known for his works containing images of movie stars, musicians and pin-up girls he has continued to work in oil on canvas throughout his career.
Sir Peter Blake’s work reflects his fascination with the world of popular culture and the beauty found in everyday objects and surroundings. His works often feature found printed materials such as photographs, comic strips or advertising texts, combined with bold geometric patterns and the use of primary colours.
He manages to perfectly capture the effervescence and optimism of the sixties whilst remaining current and fresh. A theme of nostalgia runs through his work with focus on innocence and childhood reminiscence seen most recently in his Alphabet series.