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 paintings included imagery from advertisements, music hall entertainment, and wrestlers, often including collaged elements.
“Contemporary art has always been so serious, but I have managed to keep the playful, surrealist thing going.”
Sir Peter Blake is perhaps the most recognized and highly regarded artist of the British Pop Art movement. 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. In 1967 he designed the album cover of the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in his distinctive style of collage. Blake has continued to be associated with the music world by designing album covers. 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.