PETER BLAKE

Biography

Peter Blake (British, b.1932) is best known for his Pop Art style. He designed the sleeve of the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the cover for the Oasis album Stop the Clocks. Blake was born in Dartford, UK, and rose to fame in the 1950s. He produced paintings with the feel of a collage. The artist’s pieces include images from published works, advertisements, and music hall entertainment. Blake often painted wrestlers, and some of his pieces resemble advertisements or posters. In 1961, he won the John Moores junior award, and was featured in the Young Contemporaries exhibition alongside David Hockney and R. B. Kitaj. One of Blake’s significant early works was On the Balcony; the painting appears to be a collage, but it was actually produced with oil paint on a wood panel. This colorful piece features British school children, famous works of art, and popular magazines.

In 1969, Blake moved from London to Bath, where he became inspired by characters from Shakespearean plays and English folklore. He produced works inspired by the book Through the Looking Glass, including a painting he called For instance now, now there’s the King’s messenger. This piece features a forlorn Mad Hatter sitting on a stool, shackled at the ankle.

In 1992, Blake was featured in the BBC documentary Masters of the Canvas. 10 years later, in 2002, the artist received a knighthood for his services to art. Around his 80th birthday, Blake recreated the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover art using pictures of people he had met throughout his life. He used computer software to produce the art, instead of the plywood pieces that were used to create the original design.

His paintings have been on exhibited at the Tate Liverpool, the Sir Peter Blake Music Art Gallery in Leeds, and the Holburne Museum in Bath. The artist continues to live and work in England.

Exhibitions

2019
Robert’s Fraser Groovy Arts Club Band, Gazelli Art House, London, UK

2013
The House of Fairy Tales Cartographic Portfolio, London Original Print Fair, TAG Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2012
Peter Blake and Pop Music, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Sir Peter Blake, CCA at the Mall Galleries, London (solo)
Sir Peter Blake at 80, CCA at the Royal Albert Hall, London (solo)
Sir Peter Blake – new and vintage works, Railings Gallery, London
Parallelwelt Zirkus, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)

2010
25th London Original Print Fair, TAG Fine Arts, Royal Academy, London, England
AAFNYC, TAG Fine Arts, New York City, NY

2007
Peter Blake: A Retrospective, Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom

2006
Peter Blake: 1975-2005, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Peter Blake Prints and Sculpture, The Harley Gallery, Welbeck

2001–2006
Alphabet, York College of Further and Higher Education; touring to University College, Northampton; Michael Tippett Centre, Bath; Library Gallery, Kidderminster; Kirkby Gallery; Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport; Bersham Heritage Centre, Museum of Cannock Chase, Hednesford; Pittencrieff House Museum, Dunfermline; Wakefield Art Gallery, Bedales Gallery, Petersfield; Ashfield School, Kirkby in Ashfield; Central Library, Gateshead; The Babylon Gallery, Ely; Mill Green Museum and Mill, Hatfield; Bellshill Cultural Centre; Whitstable Museum and Art Gallery; The London Road Gallery, Northwich; Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley; Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead; St Paul’s School, Barnes; Arts Complex, Solihull; Wingfield Arts, Mansfield Museum and Art Gallery; The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent; Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk; Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington; St Davids Hall, Cardiff – tour continues, further venues to be confirmed(solo)

2005
Peter Blake: 1-10 (Collages, Constructions, Drawings & Sculpture) & The Marcel Duchamp Paintings, Waddington Galleries, London, England
New Prints by Peter Blake, The Charing X Gallery, London, England

2003
Peter Blake: Commercial Art, The London Institute Gallery, London, England (graphic design)
Peter Blake: Sculpture, The London Institute Gallery, London, England (sculpture)
Peter Blake, Artiscope (Zaira Mis), Brussels, Belgium (solo)

2002
Over the Rainbow, Harley Gallery, Welbeck (solo)
Sir Peter Blake/And Now We Are 70, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY (solo)

2000
Peter Blake: About Collage, Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom (solo)

1999
A Cabinet of Curiosities from the Collections of Peter Blake, Morley Gallery, London, England (solo)

1996–1997
Now We Are 64: Peter Blake at the National Gallery, National Gallery, London, England ; touring to Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom (solo)

1995
Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris , France (solo)

1993
The Tabernacle Cultural Centre, Machynlleth (silk-screen prints) (solo)

1992
Govinda Gallery, Washington D.C. (Eric Clapton sketches) (solo)

1990
Wetterling Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden (solo)
Waddington Galleries, London, England (solo)
Govinda Gallery, Washington DC (Eric Clapton sketches)

1988
Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)

1986–1987
Watermans Art Centre, Brentford, Middlesex; touring to Turnpike Gallery, Leigh (solo)

1984
Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, France (solo)

1983
Tate Gallery, London (retrospective); touring to Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (solo)

1980
Galleria Documenta, Turin, Italy (drawings and prints) (solo)

1979
Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom (drawings and prints) (solo)

1978
Waddington Graphics, London, England (solo)

1977
Waddington and Tooth Galleries, London, England (solo)

1974
Natalie Stern Gallery, London, England (print retrospective) (solo)

1973–1974
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; touring to Kunstverein Hamburg; Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (solo)

1972
Waddington Galleries, London, England (watercolours and drawings (solo)

1970
Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, united Kingdom (solo)1969Robert Fraser Gallery, London , England(solo)

1969
City Art Gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom(solo)

1969
Leslie Waddington Prints, London, England (solo)

1965
Robert Fraser Gallery, London, England (solo)

1962
Portal Gallery, London, England (solo)

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