Sir Peter Blake

[1932 - ]

Peter Blake was born in Dartford, Kent in 1932; he studied at Gravesend School of Art and, after completing his National Service in the RAF, at the Royal College of Art from where he graduated in 1956.

His first one man show was at the Portal Gallery in 1962; he exhibited at the Robert Fraser Gallery in 1965, and since 1972 has exhibited regularly with Waddington Galleries.

He was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1981, had a major retrospective at the Tate Gallery in 1983, and in 1994 was the third Associate Artist at the National Gallery. He was knighted in 2002, and a further retrospective of his work was held at Tate Liverpool in 2007, which toured to the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao in 2008.

A major figure in English and indeed international Pop Art, his work reflects his continuing fascination with many forms of popular culture and entertainment, notably music, film and sports. He has designed album covers for many of the leading musicians of the last fifty years, most famously the Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’( with his then wife Jann Haworth). He also designed the poster for the 1985 ‘Live Aid’ concert.

He has exhibited in both solo and group shows worldwide and his work is well represented in public collections both nationally and internationally.

He lives and works in London.