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PETER BLAKE Biography, History and Paintings
PETER BLAKE
PETER BLAKE
(1932-) British painter who used images from comics, magazines, consumer goods and other bits and bobs to create colourful works that capture the flavour of the 'swinging sixties'.

His most famous work is no doubt the cover design for the Beatles LP Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967.

In 1975, he founded The Brotherhood of Ruralists, a group of seven painters based in the West Country, who worked and holidayed together, with a common interest in the spirit of the countryside; their work was regarded as twee.

Technically, Blake's paintings are not fantastic - his portraits are not especially true to life, for example.

But the ideas behind his work, and his 'magpie' quality of seeing the big picture in small images makes him a very interesting artist


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