The London Original Print Fair

Not content with his reworking of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album cover, Sir Peter Blake is now looking to the London Original Print Fair as a means to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Darkness is the Absence of Light, by Bruce French
Darkness is the Absence of Light, by Bruce French

The fair, which opens on Thursday, will be opening its doors with a talk by Blake; and the CCA Galleries will be holding a retrospective of his prints, showing his works in woodcut, etching, lithography and digital media.

Homage to Rauschenberg II, by Peter Blake
Homage to Rauschenberg II, by Peter Blake

As well as celebrating Blake’s octogenarianiam, this year’s fair is also taking cues from the Queen’s Jubilee, showing a number of works inspired by Britain and the Queen, such as Warhol’s lithograph of Her Majesty in Sims Reed Gallery and Blake’s Union Jack. There will also be a Jubilee-themed Print Trail in Piccadilly’s Burlington Arcade running concurrently with the fair.

The Queen, by Andy Warhol
The Queen, by Andy Warhol

More than 50 exhibitors will be showing prints at the fair, including Flowers Graphics, Alan Cristea Gallery, Marlborough Graphics, and City and Guilds art college.

Sketch by Tracey Emin
Sketch by Tracey Emin

Among the big names to look out for are David Hockney, Lucian Freud, Damien Hirst, Picasso, Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and Gary Hume; while TAG Fine Arts is launching a new 2012 London map by Stephen Walter.

Map, by Stephen Walter
Map, by Stephen Walter

The London Original Print Fair runs from 19 – 22 April at Main Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House. London W1J.

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