Sir Peter Blake RA won international fame in the 1960's as one of the leading exponents of the British Pop Art movement. His work is represented in major collections throughout the world. His images are born from a love affair with the icons and ephemera of popular culture and his influence on the music world can be summarised by the seminal cover art for The Beatle's âSergeant Pepper' album.
Born in 1932 in Dartford, England, from 1946 to 1951 he studied at Gravesend Technical College and School of Art, and then went onto graduate from the Royal College of Art in 1956. In 1959 he began developing his signature style of collage with pin-up photos, star images, posters, LP covers and other images. After teaching for many years at St. Martin's School of Art and Walthamstow School of Art he obtained First Prize in the John Moore Exhibition, Liverpool, for Self-portrait with Badges. Marrying his wife Jann Haworth in 1963, they decided to travel to Los Angeles only coming back to England for Blake to teach at the Royal College of Art. Having his first retrospective at The City Art Gallery in Bristol in 1969, he has continued his success by doing retrospectives in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Brussels, Arnhem as well as London. He was made A.R.A 1974 and R.A in 1981. After becoming a âRuralist' Blake left the city to live in the countryside with his then wife, the artist Jann Howarth, eventually founding âThe Brotherhood of Ruralists' in 1975. He now works from his studio in Hammersmith, London and maintains a prolific output of work.
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