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.


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

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

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)

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

Peter Blake: A Retrospective, Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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

Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris , France (solo)

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

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

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

Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)

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

Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, France (solo)

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

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

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

Waddington Graphics, London, England (solo)

Waddington and Tooth Galleries, London, England (solo)

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

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

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

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

City Art Gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom(solo)

Leslie Waddington Prints, London, England (solo)

Robert Fraser Gallery, London, England (solo)

Portal Gallery, London, England (solo)