Sir Peter’s portrait is based on a photograph taken by Lord Lichfield, which was painted for a reception at the Royal Academy of Arts to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002, and in keeping with the Art Car Boot Fair’s theme, ‘The Hand’, it will feature a hand-drawn hand pointing at the artist’s signature.
This year’s line-up of established and up-and-coming artists includes Keith Coventry, Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk, Pam Hogg, Sir Peter Blake, Ben Eine, Polly Morgan in collaboration with True Rocks, HelenA Pritchard, Christian Furr, Marcus Harvey, Colin Self, Pure Evil, Mat Collishaw, and Charming Baker. Each will be personally pitching up and selling their original, exclusive artworks out of the back of new and vintage Vauxhall cars.
This year, of course, marks the 40th anniversary of the birth of punk rock, and the inventive spirit of those times is embodied by the musician Keith Levene (ex-Clash and Public Image Ltd member), who will be staging an as yet unspecified performance at the event. James Roderick Moir, aka Vic Reeves, will also be at the fair selling his artworks. These will include portraits of Simon Cowell and Loyd Grossman.
Expect a whimsical afternoon packed with serious art bargains, exclusive works, special editions at affordable prices, and vintage Vauxhall cars turned into unique installations. Plus a frenzy of fabulous hands-on entertainment, sleights of hand and other magic, glove puppetry, handbag slinging, hand-printing, exotic finger food, hand-pushed trolley bars from Artists Behind Bars with hand-pulled pints and hand-shaken martinis, and plenty more:
· Entertainment curated by Richard Strange
· A cabaret tent takes centre-stage as an arena for music, magic, and performance art
· Shrink sessions on the backseat with renowned psychoanalyst and author of ‘The Hand’, Darian Leader
· Palm reading by Bob & Roberta Smith
· Fine art on nails and special hand-of-the-artist prints
If vintage cars are more likely to tickle your fancy, Vauxhall Motors is dusting off its heritage collection and will be bringing along a handful of Vauxhall Victors and a quintuplet of ADAMs for artists to use as pitches at the event.