Sir Peter Blake

b.1932
Peter Blake won international fame in the 1960s as one of the leading exponents of the British Pop Art movement. His work is represented in major collections throughout the world, from the Tate Gallery in London to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

His images are born from a love affair with the icons and ephemera of popular culture and his influence on the music world can be summarized by the seminal cover art for the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album.

Born in 1932 in Dartford, England, he graduated in 1956 from the Royal College of Art. He taught for a number of years in various art schools, from 1964 until 1976 at the RCA, all the while working and exhibiting. In 1969 Blake became a "Ruralist" and left the city to live in the countryside with his wife, the artist Jann Howarth, eventually founding "The Brotherhood of Ruralists" in 1975.