Well-known as the leading figure of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake’s career spans decades. His paintings, drawings, prints, and collages draw upon popular culture often blurring the lines between history and fantasy.
Blake graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1956 and studied with many of the key British artists of his day, including David Hockney, R. B. Kitaj, Joe Tilson, Allen Jones, Peter Phillips and Derek Boshier. Blake’s imaginative and radical collage techniques and installations thrust him into the spotlight, and engaging with popular entertainment as subject matter, Blake continued to push the boundaries between art and commerce in 1967 when he created the iconic album cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Blake remains one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. His first major retrospective opened in 1969 at the City Art Gallery, Bristol, followed by retrospectives held at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 1973 and the Tate Gallery in 1983.