Peter Blake RA
Mixed media artist, Peter Blake is most known for his pop art collages that reflect his deep fascination with popular culture and folk art. Traditionally his work began in the realms of oil painting, it was not until after his graduation from the Royal of Art in 1956 when he won the Leverhulme Research Award that his practice changed direction. With the award he travelled across Holland, Belgium, France, Italy and Spain to study folk art. After his return, his work began to take on the vibrant and optimistic characteristics of the sixties. His work was included in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, with his first solo exhibition taking place in 1962 at the Portal Gallery in London. From 1963 he was represented by Robert Fraser from which he was brought into contact with leading figures of popular culture, his work grow hugely successful and saw him contributing pieces to the music industry. Creating album covers for the Beatles, Oasis, Paul Weller and The Who. In more recent years his work has been exhibited at London’s Waddington Custot Galleries, Tate Liverpool and Liver Biennial. In 2002 Blake was knighted as an honorary doctor of the Royal College of Art and has his work represented in major collections throughout the world. He is regarded as the Godfather of British Pop Art.