Peter Blake (British, b.1932) is best known for his Pop Art style. He designed the sleeve of The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the cover for Oasis' album Stop the Clocks. Blake was born in Dartford, UK, and rose to fame in the 1950s. He produced paintings with the feel of a collage. The artist’s pieces include images from published works, advertisements, and music hall entertainment. Blake often painted wrestlers, and some of his pieces resemble advertisements or posters. In 1961, he won the John Moores junior award, and was featured in the Young Contemporaries exhibition alongside David Hockney (British, b.1937) and R.B. Kita (British, 1932–2007). One of Blake’s significant early works was On the Balcony; the painting appears to be a collage, but it was actually produced with oil paint on a wood panel. This colorful piece features British school children, famous works of art, and popular magazines.

In 1969, Blake moved from London to Bath, where he became inspired by characters from Shakespearean plays and English folklore. He produced works inspired by the book Through the Looking Glass, including a painting he called For instance now, now there's the King's messenger. This piece features a forlorn mad hatter sitting on a stool, shackled at the ankle.

In 1992, Blake was featured in the British Broadcasting Corporation documentary Masters of The Canvas. Ten years later, in 2002, the artist received a knighthood for his services to art. Around his 80th birthday, Blake recreated the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band cover art using pictures of people he had met throughout his life. He used computer software to produce the art, instead of the plywood pieces that were used to create the original design. His paintings have been on exhibit at the Tate Liverpool, the Sir Peter Blake Music Art Gallery in Leeds, and the Holburne Museum in Bath. The artist continues to live and work in England.

Timeline

1932
Born June 25 in Dartford, Kent, England
1946–1951
Studied at Gravesend Technical College & School of Art, London, England
1953–1956
Studied at Royal College of Art, London, England
1964–1967
Taught at Royal College of Art, London, England
1967
Made cover design for Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
1970
Used watercolour to illustrate Lewis Carroll’s "Through the Looking-Glass"
1975
Founder of the Brotherhood of Ruralists
1981
Becomes a Royal Academician
1983
Major retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery
1994
Third Associate of the National Gallery
1998
Honorary Doctor, Royal College of Art, London
2002
Received knighthood
Lives and works in London, England

Exhibitions

2013
The House of Fairy Tales Cartographic Portfolio, London Original Print Fair, TAG Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2012
Peter Blake and Pop Music, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
2012
Sir Peter Blake, CCA at the Mall Galleries, London (solo)
2012
Sir Peter Blake at 80, CCA at the Royal Albert Hall, London (solo)
2012
Sir Peter Blake – new and vintage works, Railings Gallery, London
2012
Parallelwelt Zirkus, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2012
Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2010
25th London Original Print Fair, TAG Fine Arts, Royal Academy, London, England
2010
AAFNYC, TAG Fine Arts, New York City, NY
2007
Peter Blake: A Retrospective, Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom
2006
Peter Blake: 1975-2005, Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2006
Peter Blake Prints and Sculpture, The Harley Gallery, Welbeck
2001–2006
Alphabet, York College of Further and Higher Education; touring to University College, Northampton; Michael Tippett Centre, Bath; Library Gallery, Kidderminster; Kirkby Gallery; Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport; Bersham Heritage Centre, Museum of Cannock Chase, Hednesford; Pittencrieff House Museum, Dunfermline; Wakefield Art Gallery, Bedales Gallery, Petersfield; Ashfield School, Kirkby in Ashfield; Central Library, Gateshead; The Babylon Gallery, Ely; Mill Green Museum and Mill, Hatfield; Bellshill Cultural Centre; Whitstable Museum and Art Gallery; The London Road Gallery, Northwich; Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Towneley Hall Art Gallery and Museum, Burnley; Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead; St Paul’s School, Barnes; Arts Complex, Solihull; Wingfield Arts, Mansfield Museum and Art Gallery; The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent; Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk; Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington; St Davids Hall, Cardiff – tour continues, further venues to be confirmed (solo)
2005
Peter Blake: 1-10 (Collages, Constructions, Drawings & Sculpture) & The Marcel Duchamp Paintings, Waddington Galleries, London, England
2005
New Prints by Peter Blake, The Charing X Gallery, London, England
2003
Peter Blake: Commercial Art, The London Institute Gallery, London, England (graphic design)
2003
Peter Blake: Sculpture, The London Institute Gallery, London, England (sculpture)
2003
Peter Blake, Artiscope (Zaira Mis), Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2002
Over the Rainbow, Harley Gallery, Welbeck (solo)
2002
Sir Peter Blake/And Now We Are 70, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2000
Peter Blake: About Collage, Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom (solo)
1999
A Cabinet of Curiosities from the Collections of Peter Blake, Morley Gallery, London, England (solo)
1996–1997
Now We Are 64: Peter Blake at the National Gallery, National Gallery, London, England ; touring to Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom (solo)
1995
Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris , France (solo)
1993
The Tabernacle Cultural Centre, Machynlleth (silk-screen prints) (solo)
1992
Govinda Gallery, Washington D.C. (Eric Clapton sketches) (solo)
1990
Wetterling Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden (solo)
1990
Waddington Galleries, London, England (solo)
1990
Govinda Gallery, Washington DC (Eric Clapton sketches)
1988
Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1986–1987
Watermans Art Centre, Brentford, Middlesex; touring to Turnpike Gallery, Leigh (solo)
1984
Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris, France (solo)
1983
Tate Gallery, London (retrospective); touring to Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany (solo)
1980
Galleria Documenta, Turin, Italy (drawings and prints) (solo)
1979
Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom (drawings and prints) (solo)
1978
Waddington Graphics, London, England (solo)
1977
Waddington and Tooth Galleries, London, England (solo)
1974
Natalie Stern Gallery, London, England (print retrospective) (solo)
1973–1974
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; touring to Kunstverein Hamburg; Gemeentemuseum, Arnhem; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (solo)
1972
Waddington Galleries, London, England (watercolours and drawings (solo)
1970
Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, united Kingdom (solo)
1969
Robert Fraser Gallery, London , England(solo)
1969
City Art Gallery, Bristol, United Kingdom(solo)
1969
Leslie Waddington Prints, London, England (solo)
1965
Robert Fraser Gallery, London, England (solo)
1962
Portal Gallery, London, England (solo)

Literature

2006
‘September’, DACS 2006 calender
2005
Grimwood, Brian: ‘Waxworks to Cossacks’, The Journal of the Associations of Illustrators, February/March, pp. 14-21
2004
Bennett, Oliver: ‘Post-war excitement: the attraction of collecting Pop Art’, The Independent, 20 March, pp. 10-11
2003
Harrison, David: ‘Getting back to nature’, Bristol Evening Post, 11 February,
2002
Roberts, Eric: ‘An old master’s pick of the pops’, Yorkshire Post, 28 August, p.13
2001
Lacey, Hester (interview): 'How we met: Peter Blake & Rick Stein', , 4 March, p.62
2000
Johnson, Holly: 'Meeting the Magician', Modern Painters, Spring, pp.90-94
1999
Dutt, Robin: 'Custodian of curiosities', Evening Standard, 8 October, p.33
1998
Lyttelton, Celia: 'My greatest work of art', High Life (British Airways), May
1997
The 20th-Century Art Book, Phaidon Press, London
1996
Hyatt, Derek: 'What is Real?', Modern Painters, Spring, pp.106–107
1995
Lambirth, Andrew: 'Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Howard Hodgkin: Paintings from the 60's and 70's', What's On in London, 15–22 March
1994
Barnes, Rachel: 'Have a nice day, Mr Blake', The Guardian, 18 March, pp.6
1993
Bernard, Kate: 'Tempera fugit', Harpers & Queen, March, pp.150–53,154
1992
Davies, Hunter: 'Portrait of the artist (a work in progress)', The Independent, 19 May
1991
McHugh, Fionnuala: 'Blake's Progress', The Telegraph Weekend Magazine, 5 January
1990
'Film Star Marilyn is just Peter's palette', Western Daily Press (Bristol), 21 February
1989
Brown, Jane: 'The Brotherhood of Ruralists and their friends in the Secret Garden', Hortus, Spring, no.9
1988
'Art' Column, Asahi Journal (Japan), 17 June, p.44
1987
Kemp, John: 'Peter Blake talks to John Kemp', Artseen, no.15, pp.8–10
1986
Brown, John: 'Blake's Heaven', London Gentleman, March, p.27
1985
'Peter the Painter', (Peter Blake talking to David Litchfield and Celia Lyttelton), Ritz, March
1984
D.M.Z: 'Queer Goings on at Sadlers Wells', Artline, April, vol.II, no.1
1983
'Rocking at the Tate', The Standard, 6 January
1982
von Joel, Mike (interview): 'Peter Blake: In Retrospect', Art Line Newspaper, no.2, November, pp.5–7
1981
Vaizey, Marina: 'Elegy for a country garden' (review), The Sunday Times, 19 April, p.41
1980
Dury, Ian (interviewed on Peter Blake): New Musical Express, 19 July, pp.27–28
1979
Fuller, Peter: 'Peter Blake meets Peter Fuller', Aspects, Spring, no.6
1978
Blake, Peter: 'Contrariwise', Aspects, no.3, pp.1–2
1977
Vaizey, Marina: 'Jim Dine and Peter Blake' (review), Arts Review, 15 April, vol.29, no.8, pp.253–254
1976
Overy, Paul: 'Superstars for a day: the rise of Pop art in England' (review), The Times, 2 June, p.12
1975
Greenwood, Michael: 'British Painting '74' (review), Artscanada, March, no.196/7, pp.29–34
1974
Metken, Sigrid: 'Facteur Chevals Posttasche: die Bildpostkarte in der Kunst', Das Kunstwerk, January, vol.27, no.1, p.7
1973
Von Graevenitz, Antje: 'Museen und Galerien: Niederlande' (review), Pantheon, January/February/March, vol.32, no.1, p.98
1972
Russell, John: 'Best of Boys' (review), The Sunday Times, 10 December, p.37
1971
Denvir, Bernard: 'London Letter' (review), Art International, February, vol.15, no.2, pp.42–45
1970
Coleman, Roger: 'Peter Blake's Nostalgia' (review), Art and Artists, January, vol.4, no.10, pp.30–32
1969
Field, Simon: 'The pleasure principle' (review), Art and Artists, May, vol.4, no.2, pp.56–57
1968
Roberts, Keith: 'Blake, Dine, Hamilton/Arts Council Gallery' (review), Varsity, 20 January, p.17
1967
Overy, Paul: 'On the streets' (review), The Listener, 13 July, vol.78, no.1998, p.45
1966
Baro, Gene: 'London: a busy, vigorous season' (review), Arts Magazine, January, vol.40, no.3, pp.45–49
1965
Russell, John: 'London/NYC: the two-way traffic', Art in America, April, vol.53, no.2, pp.134,136
1964
Roberts, Keith: The Burlington Magazine (review), March, vol.106, no.732, pp.137–142
1963
Nordland, Gerald: 'Europe in California' (review), Arts Magazine, vol.37, no.9,
1962
Farr, Dennis: 'The John Moores Liverpool Exhibition', The Burlington Magazine, January, vol.104, no.706, pp.30–31
1961
Ironside, Robin: 'The Prize Paintings' (review), The Sunday Times, 19 November, p.38
1960
'Is it art?' (review of I.C.A. exhibition), Daily Sketch, 20 January
1959
Blake, Peter: 'Supermidget with Mini-man' (cartoon strip), Ark, no.24, Winter, p.44
1958
Melville, Robert: Architectural Review (review), April, vol.123, no.735, pp.278–279
1956
Wallis, Neville: 'Designs for tomorrow', The Observer, 12 August, p.10