Sir Peter Blake

Since the late 1950's Sir Peter Blake has been regarded as one of the best known British Pop Artists.  His images arose from a love affair with the icons and ephemera of popular culture, such as adverts, music hall entertainment and wrestlers, coupled with brilliant naturalistic techniques such as collage, drawing and painting.  It is this unique approach that has won him international fame.

Best known for his record sleeve cover for The Beatles 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', Blake has 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.

Born in 1932 in Dartford, Kent, Blake entered Gravesend School of Art at seventeen and in 1950 was accepted by the Royal College of Art.  He was made a Royal Academician in 1981 and a CBE in 1983, and in 2002 he was awarded a knighthood for his services to art.