Sir Peter Blake
Sir Peter Blake is an English artist, often called the ‘Godfather of British pop Art’. Alongside David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, and Richard Hamilton, Blake sourced imagery from popular culture to produce colourful and distinctly graphic works.
Coming of age in a country recovering from the war his interests were drawn toward the American lifestyle touted via a booming advertising industry. He blended this with new popular culture and music scene in swinging London with foundational art references from the past into a form of an urban realism that was fresh.
This challenged the status quo's idea about what constituted art and broke down barriers between traditional fine art and the new cutting edge field of Pop.
He is particularly well known for collages and assemblages that include posters of film and music stars, badges, photographs, advertising and postcards and he has also worked with famous bands and rock stars, producing seminal cover art for The Beatles’ (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), Paul Weller and The Who.