About Elvis Visits Farley Farm by Sir Peter Blake
Farley farm looks like any other Sussex farmhouse, but that belies the eclectic treasures within; it was the home of Lee Miller - model, muse, editor and war correspondent that she shared with her husband, Roland Penrose the founder of the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art).
They were often visited by the great, the good, and the not so good of avantgarde and surrealist art - Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Man Ray, Leonora Carrington, Richard Hamilton are some those that have left their mark on Farley Farm.
Peter Blake was first recognised by Roland Penrose when he held his first solo exhibition at the ICA in 1960 and then the following year ‘The Young Contemporaries Exhibition’ in 1961 when Blake and Hockney cemented their place as the leaders of the emerging British Pop Art movement.
Blake and Penrose began a lasting friendship and in 2019 their collaboration came full circle with Blake’s exhibition, ‘Day Trip to Farley Farm’.
The collage piece Elvis visits Farley Farm manifests Blake preoccupation with popular culture and includes imagery from advertisements, photography and entertainments. Blake who is now heralded as the Godfather of British Pop Art, pays homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll - Elvis Presley who is a favourite motif of Blake’s appearing here alongside Salvador Dali and Giorgio de Chirico, the doyens of Surrealism. They join the other Surrealists on a day trip to the avantgarde Sussex homestead.
A limited edition of 100, this giclee print signed and numbered printed on somerset satin paper.
Peter Blake is probably best known for co-creating the highly acclaimed album sleeve art for The Beatles – Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Blake became a Royal Academician in in 1981, a CBE in 1983 and was knighted in 2002 for his services to art.
Retrospective of Blake’s work have been held at the Tate in 1983 and Tate Liverpool in 2008. His works are held in public collections all over the world.
To be in for a chance of winning this iconic print by Sir Peter Blake, simply make a purchase either in-store at our Brighton gallery or online by midnight on Sunday 18th of April.
We will announce the winner over email next week. Good luck!
**Update** Congratulations to our winner, Joanna Brown!