Created for the award-winning restaurant group, the Daisy Green Collection, Darcie & May Green were designed in 2017 by Sir Peter Blake. Moored on the Grand Union canal, these two colourful barges are decorated with the artist’s trademark motifs, including hearts, stars and letters; take a closer look – the word LOVE is incorporated into the design. Could your message for that special someone be any clearer?
Our art curator, Rosie Glenn, has taken a closer look at this iconic artist and presents some key facts to help your date along.
Leading Pop Art figure
Sir Peter Blake (born 1932, Kent, UK) is recognised as one of the leading figures of British Pop Art. He studied at Gravesend School of Art before attending London’s Royal College of Art where he studied alongside other key British pop artists: David Hockney, R.B. Kitaj, Joe Tilson, Allen Jones, Peter Phillips and Derek Boshier.
Pop culture icons
After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1956, Blake began to include pop culture icons and advertising imagery within his work, creating homages to popular icons such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. He also included images of circus entertainers and wrestlers while combining found objects with art history and childhood fantasies.
Peter Blake at the ICA with ‘The Locker’ (1959) © Peter Blake
In 1967 he designed the iconic album cover for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in his distinctive style of collage. Blake continues to be associated with the music world. Other designs include the cover of the Band Aid single Do They Know It’s Christmas? and the Live Aid concert poster. He also created the 2012 Brit Awards Statuette.
Towards the end of the 1960s, tired of London life, Blake and his family moved to Wellow, a small village near Bath. In 1975 Blake co-founded the Brotherhood of Ruralists with a group of like-minded artists. Works by Blake from this period are dominated by literary subjects drawn from English literature, particularly the works of William Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Brotherhood of Ruralists, 1975 © Peter Blake
Recent exhibitions and awards
Peter Blake was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1981 and was appointed the third Associate Artist of London's National Gallery in 1994. He was knighted in 2002 and in 2007 Tate Liverpool held a major retrospective of Blake's work. More recently – in January 2018 – Circus250 launched their anniversary celebrations with a performance-inspired logo designed by Peter Blake.
Inspired to fix up that date?
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Portrait of Peter Blake at top of page: © Luke Andrew Walker Below artwork: BLAKE, Peter, The Butterfly Man - Venice (in homage to Damien Hirst) 2010, collage on inkjet print, 33 x 37 in, 83.8 x 94 cm