Paris, The Day The Apes Escaped signed limited edition silkscreen print by British pop artist Sir Peter Blake. Available individually or as part of the Paris Suite portfolio box set.
All the collaged elements are illustrations from a book in Blake's collection about the meeting between Dr. Livingstone (British missionary and explorer in central Africa) and HM Stanley in 1873. The various ape-outrages that are taking place are all illustrations from the adventures of Livingstone and Stanley. The cool-looking character relaxing with a shotgun is most likely Livingstone himself. Even though the apes are wreaking violent havoc, Blake manages to retain the charmingly comedic idea of transposing the adventures of these two great explorers from the African jungle to the civil urbanity of Paris, as exemplified by the nannies with charges walking calmly by the pond with no concern for the antics of the apes.
From an edition of 100, the pieces are signed and numbered by the artist.
Size (cm): 54.5 x 37.1
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 100
Size (cm): 54.5 x 37.1
Image Size (cm): 38 x 21.7
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About the artist
Heralded as the ‘Godfather of Pop Art’, Sir Peter Blake was knighted in 2002 for his invaluable contribution to contemporary art.
Blake began his career creating collages from photographs, cigarette packets and matchboxes. This new approach to the creation of visual art – taking found imagery from Pop culture – was spearheaded in Britain by Blake and continues to inspire contemporary artists today.
Best known for creating the iconic cover to the Beatles’ 1967 album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, Blake continues to produce work that draws extensively on elements from popular cultures around the world.