Peter Blake's fascination with typography dates back to 1949, when he first mastered typesetting and hand-lettering as part of his artistic studies at Gravesend Technical College. Ever since, much of his iconic portfolio has featured text, either as the star of the show, or as an integral part of a piece.
The Dazzle Alphabet Collection demonstrates Blake's interest in the "dazzle effect', a method of camouflage used to help ships avoid enemy detection during World War One.
By covering ships' hulls with stripes and irregular abstract shapes reminiscent of the Cubist paintings of Picasso, it became decidedly more difficult for German U-boats to attack. The patterns Blake employs in this collection, emulate those used back then.
This silkscreen print collection is from a limited edition of 100, with every piece signed and numbered by the artist.
Size (cm): 27 x 36
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Set of Works: Yes
Edition Size: 100
Size (cm): 27 x 36
Image Size (cm): 21 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.