Peter Blake - Just at this moment, somehow or other, they began to run (1970) © Peter Blake. Collection: Tate.
Screenprint on paper. Image: 243 x 180 mm. From: llustrations to Through the Looking-Glass.
Used in 1986 for the cover of the David Sylvian single release: Taking The Veil.
Peter Blake is the alchemist among not only his generation of pop artists but all who have come after them. His pictures enjoy a popularity no other artist can rach through his adornment of album covers from The Beatles to Paul Weller and all that lie in-between. I mean, think about it: can you picture 'Sgt Peppers' in your mind's eye without reference to that cover? Would it even be the same album without that cover. The magic of art, of Peter Blake's art.
28.03.13: biography i
Studied at Gravesend School of Art, and from 1953 to 1956 at the Royal College of Art.
Best known for his work from the mid-1960s to the end of the decade where he became one of the best known British pop artists. His most famous creation was the album cover of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Other celebrated album covers are the Band Aid single, Do They Know It's Christmas? (1984), and Paul Weller's Stanley Road (1995).
In 1975, he was a founder of the Brotherhood of Ruralists.
Resides in Chiswick, London.
28.03.13: biography ii
Peter Blake British artist, a noted member of the Pop art movement. He studied at the R.C.A.; his subjects are often taken from music-hall acts, wrestling matches, etc. (Drum ... etc.), in highly finished trompe I'oeil style.
28.03.13: mailing address
Sir Peter Blake, RA
c/o Royal Academy Of Arts
Peter Blake - Portrait of David Hockney in a Hollywood Spanish Interior (1965)
Further Reading: Peter Blake (Modern Artists series)
© Peter Blake
18.01.13: postcard gallery
I know of few artists who have used the postcard as a work of art in itself (maybe Gilbert & George rivial him, thinking about it?). There have been extensive postcard reproductions of his work from all over the world and having searched for them online and finding little of interest I have decided to start a Peter Blake postcard gallery here. I'll start off with a couple of images but I really need your help to extent it by adding scans. If you have any postcards, whether signed or unsigned, from anywhere in the world, and would lie them to appear here, please e-mail me here (email@example.com) with the scan. As big as possible would be good and details of the card also like where it was produced, title of picture etc and year it was produced. I will then get it up on here and give you attribution of the scan on the page.
Peter Blake - The Love Wall (1961) (Detail)
Russian postcard issued in 2005. Just over 6" x 4" inches. Unsigned
© Peter Blake
Peter Blake - The Venuses' Outing to Weymouth (1996) (Work in progress)
National Gallery, UK postcard issued in 1996. Just over 6.5" x 4.5" inches. Signed below image
© Peter Blake
Images © Sir Peter Blake, RA.
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