75 Years of The Beano
Peter Blake produced this piece in collaboration with The Beano, in honour of the 75th anniversary of the comic that gave us Dennis the Menace and friends.
The piece focuses on the Bash Street Kids, who George Moonie (the original Beano editor), created after watching children emerge from Dundee High School, just outside his office window.
To recreate the view, Blake has superimposed images of the Bash Street Kids and other Beano favourites onto a vintage postcard of the school. The illustrations chosen are both old and new versions of the characters, showing how much The Beano has developed in 75 years.
From a limited edition of 175, the piece is signed and numbered by the artist.
Size (cm): 89.8 x 71.6
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 175
Size (cm): 89.8 x 71.6
Image Size (cm): 74.2 x 55
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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.