Peter Blake: Collage


The first complete overview of collage by the much-loved founder of Pop, Peter Blake


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Peter Blake (b. 1932) has remained constant and groundbreaking in his exploration of the medium of collage throughout his career spanning seven decades. Most recognised for his iconic 1967 cover for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, Blake already understood the potential of collage as an art form as a student at the Royal College of Art in the 1950s, where his reputation as a founder and key proponent of the Pop Art movement was established.

An avid collector, Blake’s collages combine junkyard treasures and found objects with images from popular culture. He revisits themes drawn from his childhood – the entertainments of the circus, the glamour of the cinema and the showmanship of the wrestling ring – weaving detailed, often humorous narratives. From his early paintings depicting assembled fragments of popular imagery, to his found-object constructions and his most recent inkjet print collages, Blake has broadened the scope of what collage can be and communicate.

Peter Blake Collage provides the first comprehensive survey of Peter Blake’s work in the medium. It features a foreword by David Hockney, an essay by Patrick Elliott, Chief Curator of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, a recent interview with Peter Blake by Natalie Rudd, Senior Curator of the Arts Council Collection, over 250 colour reproductions and a newly compiled illustrated chronology.

Published in partnership with Waddington Custot.

With over 250 illustrations

Additional information

Weight 2109 g
Dimensions 25.5 x 31.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 23 August 2021
Number of pages 296
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by David Hockney, Text by Peter Blake, Natalie Rudd, and Patrick Elliott
Dimensions 25.5 x 31.3 cm
Weight 2109 g


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Peter Blake is one of Britain's best-loved artists and founder of British Pop. Patrick Elliott is Senior Curator of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. In 2019, he curated 'Cut and Paste: 400 Years of Collage', the first historical survey exhibition of collage. Natalie Rudd is Senior Curator of the Arts Council Collection. She first interviewed Peter Blake for the exhibition 'Peter Blake: About Collage' held at Tate Liverpool in 2001, and wrote an accompanying book.