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Hang-Up Gallery is thrilled to announce POP, the highly anticipated exhibition of prints from the undisputed Godfather of Pop, Peter Blake.
The exhibition will showcase a unique and quirky collection of rare prints and canvas editions that the British icon has produced over the decades. From pop-inspired pin-up posters to his nostalgic and unusual alphabet series, the show will celebrate the extraordinary and highlight how Sir Peter's earlier works continue to inspire his current practice. He explains, âI'm still making excursions and experimenting. Going back to the roots, but still moving forwards.'
Blake's love affair and fascination with celebrity icons and all streams of pop culture saw him at the centre of a swinging London in the 60s however, his work predates that era. In the 50s his image of Captain Webb's matchboxes laid the groundwork's for the use of blowing up everyday images that Warhol was to popularise a few years later. The artist has a raw talent of finding beauty in everyday objects and surroundings, incorporating printed materials such as photographs, comic strips or advertising texts against bold, vivid colour.
Sir Peter Blake's work is contemporary and timeless. His spectacular collages are increasingly sought after and highly collectable. The artist's work inspires great respect and influence from younger artists including Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk, Pure Evil and Tracey Emin. He was knighted in 2002, and is an Honorary Doctor of the Royal College of Art. With his work represented in major collections throughout the world, Sir Peter Blake truly is a grandee of British Art.
The concept of the rock-and-roll hug goes some way to summing up Peter Blake. It has the same mixture of coolness, staying ahead of the avant-garde and cosy Englishness that defines his work... The gentle revenge of Peter Blake continues" Telegraph - Peter Blake: the Peter Pan of Pop Art By Horatia Harrod