Oli and collage on canvas,signed,titled and dated on the reverse., 1990, cm 60 x 42

Waddington Gallery, London

Marilyn Monroe Red and Green (A 0040)

From 1946 to 1951 the British painter and illustrator Peter Thomas Blake attended Gravesend Technical College and School of Art and then transfered to the Royal College of Art in London, which he left in 1956. Peter Blake's early work is dominated by two major subjects: fantastic scenes from the world of the circus and naturalistic paintings with autobiographic elements. The imitation of the popular image world of event posters, which Blake combined with portraits, was typical of his work. Circus characters and children reading comic books are among the artist's typical motifs. In style and content both types of pictures paved the way for English Pop Art. Thanks to a Leverhulme scholarship, Peter Blake had the opportunity to travel through Europe from 1956 to 1957, where he acquainted himself with the artistic trends of the time. In 1959, inspired by reproductions by Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, Blake began to paint collage-like pictures of pop musicians and filmstars and to produce assemblages made of recycled material, postcards and other items. Alongside his collages Blake also worked with the medium of imitation: Painted collages, imitated pin-up-boards and locker doors, enlarged, painted postcard motifs and painted adaptations of posters appeared. The cover design for the Beatles album "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (1967) was one of his greatest successes. In 1975 Peter Blake was one of the founding members of the "Brotherhood of Ruralists". His imagery changed under the influence of this group of artists and his rural surroundings in Wellow on Avon. The members expected life in the country to provide them with new artistic impulses and moral renewal. Just like the pre-Raffaelites, they strove for an aesthetic permeation of all parts of life. Childhood memories, fairy tales and elves, depicted in realistic style using techniques of the old masters, became his favourite subjects.

One Artist Exibition :
Selected 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)

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