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date: 26 February 2021

Blake, Peterlocked

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British, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 25 June 1932, in Dartford, England.

Painter, collage artist, draughtsman, illustrator, sculptor.

Pop Art.

The Brotherhood of Ruralists.

Peter Blake is a well-known and sought-after British Pop artist who initially gained fame and notoriety with his images created for musical entertainment, sporting events and other advertisements, which included both collage and painted elements. Blake studied at the Royal College of Art in London between 1953 and 1956, where the second wave of English Pop Art was launched by the pupils there. He was awarded the Leverhulme Research Award in 1956 to study popular art. Between 1956 and 1957, he made an extended journey to Europe (France, Italy, Spain, Holland, and Belgium), and, in 1961, he was awarded the first Junior Prize from the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition. In 1964, he was appointed a lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London and at the Walthamstow School of Art. In 1975, he was a founder member of the group of artists called The Brotherhood of Ruralists, whose artists had an interest in the romantic connotations of the countryside and landscape. Blake left the group in 1983, at the time of his retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London. From 1994 to 1996, he was Associate Artist at the National Gallery in London....

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