Sir Peter Blake (1932 − )

Peter Blake was born in Dartford, Kent and studied at Gravesend Technical College and Art School. After National Service with the Royal Air Force (RAF) he studied painting at the Royal College of Art in London.

He was awarded a travelling scholarship to study popular art and visited Holland, Spain, Belgium, France and Italy.

Blake had his first solo exhibition in 1962 at the Portal Gallery in London. A meeting with The Beatles led to a commission to design the album cover for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967; he later designed the poster for the Live Aid concert, the world's largest ever multi-national pop event held in aid of African famine relief, and in 1995 designed the cover for Paul Weller's Stanley Road album.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art, elected a Royal Academician in 1981 and knighted in 2002.

Further reading:
Natalie Rudd, Peter Blake, Tate Publishing 2003

www.royalacademy.org.uk

Glossary (2)

  • Design

    The arrangement of elements or details in an artefact or a work of art.

  • Painting

    Work of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is a tightly stretched piece of canvas, paper or a wooden panel. Painting involves a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's intellectual concerns effecting the content of a work.

Past exhibitions

PETER BLAKE - THE VENICE SUITE

  • 2010
    • Ireland, Letterkenny, Glebe House and Gallery

AS IS A WHEN (A SELECTION)

  • 2009
    • UK, Leeds, College Of Art And Design

AS IS WHEN (A SELECTION)

  • 2009
    • UK, Leeds, College Of Art And Design

METAMORPHOSIS: BRITISH ARTS OF THE SIXTIES

  • 2005
    • Greece, Andros, Basil And Elise Goulandris Foundation Museum Of Contemporary Art

AS IS WHEN A BOOM IN BRITISH PRINTMAKING 1961-1972

  • 2007
    • Ireland, Letterkenny, Glebe House and Gallery
    • China, Chongqing, Tank Loft
  • 2006
    • Taiwan, Taipei, Kundu Museum Of Fine Arts
    • Taiwan, Taichung, National Taiwan Museum Of Fine Arts
    • Poland, Krakow, Manggha Centre
  • 2005
    • Lithuania, Kaunas, Modern Art Museum
    • Lithuania, Siauliai, Dailes Galerija
    • Portugal, Porto, Culturgest
  • 2004
    • Italy, Rome, Istituzione Nazionale Per La Grafica
    • Romania, Cluj, Biblioteca Judeteana Octavian Goga
    • Romania, Timisoara, Faculty Of Fine Art
    • Romania, Palace Of Culture
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Museum Of Art
    • Romania, Constanta, Constanta Art Museum
    • Kazakhstan, Almaty, Central Exhibition Hall
    • Armenia, Yerevan, National Gallery
  • 2003
    • Estonia, Tallinn, Museum Of Contemporary Art

AS IS WHEN (LUBECK ONLY)

  • 2003
    • Germany, Lubeck, St Petri Kirche

PETER BLAKE ALPHABET PRINTS

  • 2000
    • Russia, Moscow, Old English Courtyard Museum
    • Russia, Tomsk, Fine Art Museum
  • 1997
    • Armenia, Yerevan, National Gallery
    • Georgia, Tbilisi, Modern Art Gallery
    • Russia, Fine Art Museum
    • Russia, Minsk, National Fine Art Museum Of Belarus
    • Russia, St Peter And Paul Fortress
  • 1996
    • Hungary, Pecs, Gallery Pecs
    • Hungary, Szeged, Museum Moraa Ferenc
    • Hungary, Budapest, Ernst Museum
    • Hungary, Szeged, Museum Moraa Ferenc
    • Hungary, Dunaujvaros, Gallery Dunaujvaros
    • Germany, Dusseldorf, British Consulate
  • 1995
    • Romania, Craiova, Craiova Art Gallery
    • Romania, Sibiu, Museum Brukenthal
    • Romania, Bucharest, National Gallery
  • 1994
    • Slovakia, Bratislava, Mirbach Gallery
    • Slovakia, Kosice, Galeria Juluisa Jakobyho
    • Morocco, Casablanca, Complexe Culturel Moulay Rachid
  • 1993
    • Egypt, Egypt
    • Singapore, British Council Office - Singapore
  • 1992
    • Philippines, Manila, Metropolitan Museum
    • Malaysia, Penang, University Art Museum
    • Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, UK Arts Festival

DRAWING DISTINCTIONS

  • 2003
    • Poland, Lodz, Museum Sztuki
  • 2001
    • UK, Nottingham, Castle Museum And Art Gallery
    • UK, Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Gallery
    • Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, Museum Of Fine Arts
    • Russia, Moscow, Pushkin Museum Of Fine Arts
  • 2000
    • Russia, St Petersburg, The Hermitage
    • Canada, Yukon Art Gallery
    • Canada, Prairie Art Gallery
    • Canada, Winnipeg Art Gallery
  • 1999
    • Canada, Timmins Museum And N E C
    • Canada, Arcadia University Art Gallery
  • 1998
    • Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, National Art Gallery
    • Malaysia, Penang, Penang State Museum And Art Gallery
  • 1997
    • USA, Phoenix, Arizona State University Art Museum
    • USA, Berkeley, University Art Museum

OUT OF PRINT

  • 2001
    • Germany, Hildesheim, Roemer- Und Pelizaeue Museum
  • 1999
    • Poland, Bytom, Museum Gornoslaskie
    • Poland, Lodz, Museum Sztuki
    • Poland, Warsaw, National Museum
    • USA, Mary Washington College Galleries
  • 1998
    • USA, Springfield Museum Of Art
    • USA, New Jersey, Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers State Univeristy Of New Jersey
  • 1997
    • USA, Provo, Museum Of Art Brigham Young University
  • 1996
    • Spain, La Coruna, Fondacion Barrie De La Maza
    • Spain, Seville, Museo De Bellas Artes
    • Spain, Bilbao, Museo De Bellas Artes De Bilbao
  • 1995
    • Cyprus, Nicosia, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre
    • Egypt, Cairo, British Council Office - Cairo
    • Egypt, Alexandria, British Council Office - Alexandria
    • Italy, Naples, Naples
    • Italy, Cagliari, Assozione Culturale Italia Inghliterra
  • 1994
    • Belgium, Antwerp, Luchtbal Art Centre
    • France, Gravelines, Musee Du Dessin Et D'estample Originale

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH DRAWINGS 1961-1975

  • 1989
    • Thailand, Chiangmai University Gallery
    • Thailand, Bangkok, Chulalongkorn University Art Centre
  • 1988
    • Singapore, National Museum Art Gallery
  • 1983
    • Australia, Australia
  • 1978
    • Germany, West Germany
  • 1976
    • Colombia, Colombia
    • Argentina, Buenos Aires, British Council Office - Buenos Aires
  • 1975
    • Brazil, Brazil

ARTISTS' CHOICE

  • 1996
    • Albania, Tirana, National Gallery
    • Croatia, Osijek, Galerija Likovbih Umjetnosti
    • Croatia, Zagreb, British Council Office - Zagreb
  • 1993
    • Jamaica, Kingston, National Gallery Of Jamaica
  • 1992
    • Barbados, St Michael, Barbados Museum And Historical Society
    • Barbados, St Michael, Central Bank Gallery
  • 1990
    • Colombia, Colombia
    • Ecuador, Ecuador
  • 1989
    • Brazil, Brazil

3 ARTISTS: FILMS & GRAPHICS: BLAKE, SMITH, TILSON

  • 1982
    • Bangladesh, Bangladesh
    • Bahrain, Manama, National Museum
  • 1980
    • India, India
    • Korea, Seoul, British Council Office - Korea
    • Thailand, Thailand
  • 1979
    • Singapore, Singapore
    • India, India

BRITISH POSTERS 1890-1980

  • 1992
    • Brazil, Cuiaba
    • Brazil, Sao Paulo, Museu De Arte Moderna
    • Brazil, Rio De Janeiro
    • Brazil, Brasilia, British Council Office - Brasilia
    • Brazil, Belo Horizonte, Banco De Desenvolviment O De Minas Gerais
  • 1991
    • Brazil, Porto Allegre
    • Brazil, Recife, Shopping Centre
    • Brazil, Londrina, Catui Shopping Centre
    • Egypt, Egypt
  • 1990
    • Greece, British Council Office - Cyprus
    • Qatar, Qatar
  • 1989
    • Israel, Israel
    • Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    • Singapore, Singapore
    • Brunei, Brunei
  • 1986
    • Jordan, Jordan
  • 1985
    • Turkey, Guzel Sanatlar
    • Turkey, Turkey
    • Turkey, Ankara, Devlet Guzel Sanatlay Galerisi
  • 1984
    • India, Mumbai, British Council Office - Mumbai
    • India, New Delhi, New Delhi
    • India, Kolkata, Kolkata
  • 1983
    • India, Chennai, British Council Office - Chennai
    • Tunisia, Tunis, British Council Office - Tunis
    • Belgium, Belgium
  • 1982
    • Austria, Linz, Neue Galerie Der Stadt
    • New Zealand, Nelson, Suter Art Gallery
    • New Zealand, Christchurch Arts Centre
    • New Zealand, Cultural Centre
    • Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, British Council Office - Kuala Lumpur
    • Malaysia, Penang
    • Thailand, Bangkok, British Council Office - Bangkok
  • 1981
    • Korea, Design Centre
    • Korea, Cheongju University
    • Korea, Chosun University
    • Korea, Shinshin Gallery
    • Korea, Kaemyung University
    • Korea, Kukjae Building Gallery
    • Korea, Choheung Bank
    • Germany, Neue Berliner Galerie
    • Brunei, St Thomas School Hall
    • Philippines, British Council Centre
  • 1980
    • Canada, Eatons Department Store
    • Casa De La Cultura
  • 1979
    • Venezuela, Maracaibo, British Council Office - Maracaibo
    • Venezuela, Caracas, British Council Office - Venezuela
    • Uruguay, Uruguay
  • 1978
    • Mexico, Casa De La Cultura
    • Mexico, Galleria Chapultepec

FIGURATION AND FANTASY

  • 1980
    • Greece, British Council Office - Cyprus
  • 1978
    • Germany, West Germany
  • 1977
    • Netherlands, Netherlands
  • 1974
    • France, France

BRITISH ARTISTS PRINTS 1961-1970

  • 1979
    • Finland, Finland
  • 1977
    • Nigeria, Lagos, British Council Office - Lagos
  • 1975
    • Australia, Brisbane, Queensland Art Gallery
    • Mauritius, Mauritius
  • 1973
    • Malta, Valletta, National Museum Of Malta
  • 1972
    • Greece, Athens, Zoumboulakis Gallery
  • 1970
    • Iceland, Reykjavik, National Museum

11 ENGLISCHE ZEICHNER

  • 1973
    • Belgium, Antwerp, Koninklijk Museum Voor Schone Kunsten
    • Germany, Bremen, Kunsthalle
    • Germany, Baden Baden, Kunsthalle

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