Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Jess - 1960's

Sir Peter Thomas Blake was born on June 25, 1932 he is an English pop artist, best known for his design of the sleeve for The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Black used images from comics, magazines, consumer goods and other bits and pieces to produce colourful works that capture the flavour of the 'swinging sixties'.

Throughout the late 1950’s he became one of the most know British pop artist. From his time his art contained imagery from advetisment, musical entertainment, and wrestlers, these all most often included collaged elements.

Peter Thomas Blake was incorporated in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. He had his first one person exhibition in 1960. From 1963 Blake was represented by Robert Fraser which placed him at the centre of swinging London and brought him into contact with leading figures of popular culture.
On the Balcony (1955-57) is a significant early work that stands as one of the iconic pieces of British Pop Art, showing Blake's interest in combining images from pop culture with fine art. The work, which appears to be a collage but is in fact wholly painted, depicts a boy holding Edouard Manet's painting The Balcony surrounded by numerous badges and magazines.