If Peter Blake hadn't become an artist, he claims he would have tried to make it as a professional wrestler. His love for the "theatre, fantasy and idea of good versus evil' in the sport has resulted in a number of collections portraying wrestlers.
This series was created for his 2015 exhibition, Portraits and People. The series depicts Blake's very own band of fictional wrestlers. To give the impression his characters are famous, he has used features from celebrity faces to provoke a glimmer of recognition in the observer.
Each print combines three of Blake's favourite things; watercolour portraiture, typography, and flags. Smiling and covered in tattoos reminiscent of Blake's "Tattooed People' series, The Tokyo Playboy hails from Japan.
This silkscreen print is from a limited edition of 75, signed by the artist.
Size (cm): 29 x 39
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 50
Size (cm): 29 x 39
Image Size (cm): 20.7 x 29.7
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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.