Peter Blake is one of the most important British pop art masters. He placed his name on the map after doing the artwork for the Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album in the swinging 60’s.
During the late 1950’s, Peter Blake became one of the best known British pop artists. His paintings from this time included imagery from advertisements, music hall entertainment, and wrestlers, often including collaged elements. Peter Blake was included in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and had his first solo exhibition in 1960.
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. Peter Blake won the (1961) John Moores junior award for his work Self Portrait with Badges. He first came to wider public attention when, along with Pauline Boty, Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips, he was featured in Ken Russell’s film on pop art, Pop Goes the Easel, which was broadcast on BBC television in 1962. 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.