Peter Blake, knighted by HM The Queen in 2002, is a British institution: internationally renowned as a founding father of Pop Art.Alongside David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, and Richard Hamilton, Blake sourced imagery from popular culture to produce colorful and distinctly graphic works. He is globally famous as the designer of the Beatles ‘Sergeant Pepper’ album cover; the posters for the first ‘Live Aid’ and, 20 years later, ‘Live8’ concerts.
Blake’s career stretches back to the 1950s and has always expressed his high regard and passion for popular culture, from cinema, the circus and pop music to memorabilia of every variety and the unself - conscious work - what one of his most inspiring teachers, the designer Enid Marx, called ‘the innocent eye’- of the traditional crafts; of outsider artists and even Sunday painters. Over the years he has formed a huge collection of these objects, which he mines and replenishes constantly.
Blake takes pride in craft and is a survivor of a dwindling generation who benefited from a thorough grounding in technique which had something of the thoroughness of the old guild apprenticeship. He was 14 when he was first enrolled at a technical college and art school, a craft-based education long since disbanded in Britain. That training he has exploited to the full as a painter, sculptor, printmaker, tableau-maker and collagist.