Sir Peter Blake

Sir Peter Blake is often referred to as the ‘Godfather of British Pop Art.’ His work emerged in line with the rise of the Pop Art movement, and he paved the way for many of the great household names that followed. Most famous of his works, however, are the album covers he produced for many iconic British bands, seamlessly bringing together two great cultural signifiers for Britain: British Pop Art and the heyday of British music. He is most famous for co-creating the sleeve design for The Beatles’ album cover Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

BEGINNINGS

Born in 1932 in Dartford, Kent, Blake grew up with World War II as a backdrop to his childhood. Initially heading to Gravesend College from 1949 to 1951, his studies were interrupted by two years of National Service. This meant that on arrival at the Royal College of Art in 1953, a 21-year-old Blake was three years older and more experienced than his undergraduate counterparts, carrying with him those childhood memories of war and an awareness of the changing world. He studied alongside the likes of David Hockney, Pauline Boty, Patrick Caulfield, and Derek Boshier.

Blake’s first solo show, in 1960, was held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

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