Sir Peter Blake was born in Dartford, Kent. From 1951 to 1953 he served in the Royal Air Force. Following his time in the national service, Blake studied at the Gravesend School of Art, and then the Royal College of Art from 1953 to 1956. During the late 1950s. His work features found printed materials such as photographs, comic strips or advertising texts, combined with bold geometric patterns and the use of primary colours.
“Contemporary art has always been so serious, but I have managed to keep the playful, surrealist thing going.” —Peter Blake
Blake is perhaps the most recognized and highly regarded artist of the British Pop Art movement, often referred to as the ‘Godfather of British Pop Art’. He is a painter, sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1956, Blake has appropriated pop culture icons and advertising imagery to create sincere homage to the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley and professional wrestlers. Alongside creating some of the most recognisable prints and paintings of our time, Blake is renowned for his close connection with the music industry, having produced influential and hugely iconic album covers for the Beatles, Paul Weller, The Who, and Oasis.
His paintings have been on exhibited 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.