The Darryl Nantais Gallery

Sir Peter Blake

Artist's Biography

Sir Peter Blake won international fame in the 1960s as a leading exponent of the British Pop Art Movement. His work is represented in major collections throughout the world with images born of a love affair with the icons and ephemera of popular culture, his influence on the music world can be summarised by the seminal cover art for The Beatles’ ‘Sergeant Pepper’ album.

He graduated from The Royal College of Art, London in 1956 then studied Folk Art in Europe with a research award and from 1959 produced collages with pin-up photos and star images for posters, LP covers and other media.

He taught in London at St. martin’s School of Art and Walthamstow School of Art and in 1961 obtained first prize in the John Moore Exhibition, Liverpool, for ‘Self Portrait with Badges’.

Given his first retrospective in 1969 by the City Art Gallery in Bristol, in the same year he became a ‘Ruralist’, leaving the city to live in the country. In 1973 and 1974 he had retrospectives in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Brussels and Arnheim. He found the ‘Brotherhood of Ruralists’ in 1975.

From 1974 to 1976 he taught at the Royal Collage of Art, he was made A.R.A in 1974 and R.A in 1981. He now works from his studio in London maintaining a prolific output of work.

Peter was knighted in 2002.