Uniquely among the British Pop artists, Peter Blake was trained both as a commercial artist, illustrator and painter, and he has continued to move between these various disciplines. He studied at the Royal College of Art between 1953 and 1956, but It was with the Young Contemporaries exhibition of 1961, where he was exhibited alongside David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj, that he was first identified with the emerging British Pop Art movement.
His art, which reached millions through his cover design for the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely hearts club band, celebrates real and imaginary popular cultural heroes of his and the preceding era - circus performers, film stars, musicians and wrestlers. His paintings and prints are found in numerous public collections including Tate Gallery, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Museum Ludwig, Cologne. In 1981 he was appointed a Royal Academician and was knighted for services to the arts in 2002.
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