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

City Art Gallery, Bristol

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

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

Over the Rainbow, Harley Gallery, Welbeck

2003

Peter Blake, Artiscope (Zaira Mis), Brussels

Peter Blake: Sculpture, The London Institute Gallery, London

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