Peter Blake

(b. 1932)

 

Among the most recognizable figures of the British Pop Art movement is renowned artist Peter Blake. His status as a leader among his contemporaries became recognized during the late 1950s, and was cemented several years later by his inclusion in the widely televised documentary Pop Goes the Easel(1962). His work during this period embodies the most recognizable characteristics of Pop Art. Drawing his imagery from the vocabulary of popular culture, primarily in the form of familiar commercial icons, media figures and even iconic works by fellow artists, Blake – like many of  his colleagues working at that time – reappropriates the familiar and, through seemingly incongruous juxtapositions, gives it new life, as it is shown to the viewer through the eyes of the artist. It was during this time that Blake created the work for which he is perhaps best remembered: the cover for The Beatle’s seminal album Sgt. Pepper. Later revealed as a revised draft of his original version, this album cover nevertheless secured Blake’s immortality as an artist as surely as the contents of the album secured The Beatle’s position in musical history. Blake made a brief departure from the traditional iconography of Pop between 1969 and 1978, during which time he had retired to the English countryside. However, his return to the life of metropolitan London in 1979 marked a return to the style of work for which he had become known. Love Me Do (2004) and I Love Paris (2005), both currently on view at Gallery Biba, are exquisite examples of Blake’s greatest contribution to the history of Western art.  

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 1962. Portal Gallery, London

1965  Robert Fraser Gallery, London

1969  Leslie Waddington Prints, London

1969  City Art Gallery, Bristol

1969  Robert Fraser Gallery, London

1970  Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

1972  Waddington Galleries, London

1973-1974  Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; touring to Kunstverein, Hamburg; Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

1974  Natalie Stern Gallery, London

1977  Waddington and Tooth Galleries, London

1978  Waddington Graphics, London

1979  Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

1980  Galleria Documenta, Turin

1983  Tate Gallery, London – Retrospective, touring to Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover

1984  Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris

1986-1987  Watermans Art Centre, Brentford, Middlesex – Touring to Turnpike Gallery, Liegh

1988  Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo

1990  Waddington Galleries, London

1990  Wetterling Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden

1992  Govinda Gallery, Washington, D.C.

1993  The Tabernacle Cultural Centre, Machynlleth

1995  Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris

1996-1997  Now We Are 64: Peter Blake at the National Gallery, National Gallery, London – Touring to Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

1999  A Cabinet of Curiosities from the Collections of Peter Blake, Morley Gallery, London

2000  Peter Blake: About Collage, Tate Liverpool 

2001  Alphabet, Touring exhibition (still touring 2006)

2002  Sir Peter Blake/And Now We Are 70, Paul Morris Gallery, New York

2002  Over the Rainbow, Harley Gallery, Welbeck

2003  Peter Blake, Artiscope (Zaira Mis), Brussels

2003 Peter Blake: Sculpture, The London Institute Gallery, London

2003  Peter Blake: Commerical Art, The London Institute Gallery, London

2005  Peter Blake: 1-10 (Collages, Constructions, Drawings & Sculpture) & The Marcel Duchamp Paintings, Waddington Galleries, London

2006  Peter Blake Prints and Sculpture, The Harley Gallery, Welbeck

2006  Peter Blake: 1975 – 2005, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm

2007  Peter Blake: A Retrospective, Tate Liverpool