Blake’s homage

Peter Blake has often created work which involved layering an assembly of found and iconic images to create unexpected and contemporary scenes.

Birds, 2010, collage with found objects (c) Peter Blake
Birds, 2010, collage with found objects (c) Peter Blake

It’s not surprising then that Blake is a keen collector, of everything from pop culture objects to seaside detritus and vintage images.

For his latest exhibition, the designer and artist has created fifty works using these collections, inspired by ten artists who have inspired Blake during his career.

Children's Games I, 2010, collage with found objects (c) Peter Blake
Children’s Games I, 2010, collage with found objects (c) Peter Blake

Joseph Cornell, Sonia Delaunay, Mark Dion, Damien Hirst, Henri Matisse, Jack Pierson, Robert Rauschenberg Kirt Schwitters, Saul Steinberg and H. C. Westermann have inspired five of Blake’s works each, which will be on show at the Waddington Galleries from 17 November.

Blake says, ‘These pieces are my nod of appreciation, a way of saying thank-you to artists whose work I like. It began with Appropriating Jack Pierson. I liked Pierson’s work and wanted one for myself, so decided to make my own.’

Museum of Black and White No 5, 2010 collage with found objects (c) Peter Blake
Museum of Black and White No 5, 2010 collage with found objects (c) Peter Blake

Homage 10 x 5 – Blake’s Artists, an exhibition by Sir Peter Blake runs at the Waddington Galleries from 17 Nov to 11 Dec.

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