Icons Perceptions Metaphors: Blake, Faine, Neiland

20 Aug 2011 – 16 Oct 2011

Cost of entry

Free admission

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Leicester, United Kingdom

Travel Information

  • The museum is less than ten minutes walk from Leicester train station.

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An exhibition of silk-screen and digital prints by contemporary British artists Sir Peter Blake, Brendan Neiland and Brad Faine. Hailed as the Godfather of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake has inspired artists such as Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk and Tracey Emin. Blake's work reflects his fascination with all streams of popular culture and the beauty to be found in everyday objects and surroundings. Blake's 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. The works capture the effervescent and optimistic ethos of the sixties, but are also strikingly fresh and contemporary. Brendan Neiland is one of Britain's foremost contemporary painters and printmakers, his work informed by the practice of photography yet influenced by a sense of the poetics of lights and pictorial structure which can be related to the work of Braque or Magritte, Corot or Vermeer. Neiland's work is represented in major collections including The V&A, Tate and the Arts Council of Great Britain. Whilst studying Fine Art (Painting) at Leicester College of Art, Brad Faine developed the first truly playable 3D Chess set, which was exhibited at the ICA, and designed the concept for ‘Inter-play', one of the two British entries for the 1968 Paris Biennalle. A leading exponent of printmaking, Faine has works in public and private collections in the UK, USA and Japan and has taught at St Martins College of Art and Design, Farnham Art School and the Royal Academy of Art. Icons Perceptions Metaphors is sponsored by De Montfort University in association with Leicester Arts & Museums Service.

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