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Once Upon a Time

August 26 - October 1, 2016

Opening reception August 25, 6-8 PM

Peter Blake

Painter of urban realist subjects, and often referred to as the Godfather of British Pop Art, Peter Blake set out to make art as accessible and pervasive as that of pop music. To this end, Blake’s paintings and collages embrace the emblems and iconography of popular culture, and he was the first artist to include youth culture idols in British high art. Best known for his record sleeve cover for The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Blake has also designed record sleeve covers for Paul Weller (Stanley Road), Band Aid (Do They Know It’s Christmas), and most recently a greatest hits album for Oasis, and the John Peel tribute album. A fan of iconic legends and the ever-expanding practices of imitation and reproducibility, Blake’s “popular art” continues to be a highly influential and enduring presence.

Born in 1932 in Dartford, Kent, Peter Blake studied at the Gravesend School of Art and the Royal Academy of Art, London. Following his first solo exhibition in 1962 at the Portal Gallery, his work has been exhibited regularly in one-man shows worldwide. His first retrospective exhibition was held as early as 1969 at the City Art Gallery, Bristol, with subsequent retrospectives at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (1973), at the Tate Gallery (1983), and in 2007/08 at the Tate Liverpool and the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao. In 1994 he was made the Third Associate Artist of the National Gallery, London. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1981, and was awarded knighthood for his services to art in 2002.

Peter Blake, Batgirl,2015

Other work by
Peter Blake

Once Upon a Time, 2016
Peter Blake, Batgirl, 2015
Peter Blake, Madame X, 2015
Peter Blake, Mystero, 2015
Peter Blake, Olympus, 2015
Peter Blake, Shemale, 2015
Peter Blake, I Love You, 2015
Peter Blake, Love 1, 2015
Peter Blake, Love 2, 2015
Peter Blake, Love 3, 2015
Peter Blake, London: Horse Guards Parade - Horses and Horsemen, 2012
Peter Blake, London: Regent Street Dancing
Peter Blake, London: Regent's Park - The Runaway Donkeys, 2012
Peter Blake, London: Westminister Abbey - Animalia, 2012
Peter Blake, Once Upon a Time, 1963
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Once Upon a Time, installation shots
Once Upon a Time, Installation shot, 2016
Once Upon a Time, Installation shot, 2016
Once Upon a Time, Installation shot, 2016
Once Upon a Time, Installation shot, 2016
Once Upon a Time, Installation shot, 2016
Once Upon a Time, Installation shot, 2016
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Selection from "Blake´s Artists and Other Collages"
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
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Blake´s Artists and Other Collages, 2012, Wetterling Gallery. Installation shots
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
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Selected earlier works by Peter Blake
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery
© Peter Blake / DACS, courtesy Wetterling Gallery