Artists

Peter Blake

Sir Peter Blake RA fuses the icons and ephemera of popular culture with a brilliant naturalistic technique. Blake studied at the Royal College of Art alongside fellow leaders of the British Pop Art movement David Hockney and R B Kitaj, and rose to prominence when he was featured in Ken Russell’s seminal film Pop Goes the Easel, shown by the BBC in 1962. Perhaps his most famous work is his iconic design for the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Blake has described the creation of that work: “I worked in his [photographer Michael Cooper] studio for a fortnight constructing the collage, fixing the top row to the back wall and putting the next six inches in front and so on, so that we got a tiered effect. Then we put in the palm tree and the other little objects. I wanted to have the waxworks of the Beatles because I thought they might be looking at Sgt Pepper’s band too. “We had a drink, they got dressed and we did the session.” Blake also created artwork for Band Aid’s Do They Know Its Christmas? and the Live Aid album. He was made a Royal Academician in 1981 and was knighted in 2002.