Peter Blake

British , 1932 -

Born in Dartford, Kent, Blake studied at the Gravesend School of Art from 1946-51. Following a spell of National Service in the Royal Air Force, he resumed artistic study at the Royal College of Art during the 1950's, before winning a Leverhulme Research Award in 1956 to study popular art in Europe.

Heavily influenced by the American realist movement, Blake went on to to be a pioneer in the development of the Pop Art phenomenon in Britain. As an artist Blake characteristically has a sharp precise style, replete with the minutiae of life: photos, magazine cuttings, buttons and badges.
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