Sir Peter Blake was born in Dartford, Kent in 1932. Attending the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1956 he went on to travel and study folk art in countries such as Belgium, France, Italy and Spain. His passion for art flourished as he built up a respectable portfolio of work. Blake’s style evolved from the classical naturalistic oil works to the collaged works associated with him today. Although most known for his works containing images of movie stars, musicians and pin-up girls he has continued to work in oil on canvas throughout his career.
Sir Peter Blake’s work reflects his fascination with the world of popular culture and the beauty found in everyday objects and surroundings. His works often feature found printed materials such as photographs, comic strips or advertising texts, combined with bold geometric patterns and the use of primary colours.
He manages to perfectly capture the effervescence and optimism of the sixties whilst remaining current and fresh. A theme of nostalgia runs through his work with focus on innocence and childhood reminiscence seen most recently in his Alphabet series.