Found Art, 1d Book is from Peter Blake's Found Art series, which he started in the 2000s. The collection embraces one of the earliest tenets of Pop Art, the idea that everyday objects can become the subject matter for fine art.
The subject of this piece is the front cover of a "dime novel' from the Frank Reade series, a collection of stories, published primarily for boys, which followed the adventures of a teenage inventor who made steam-powered robots.
The choice of such a subject is typical of Blake's oeuvre; combining nostalgia for childhood objects, an interest in popular entertainment and the use of rare printed materials from his personal collection.
This silkscreen print is from a limited edition of 25, signed by the artist.
Size (cm): 121.8 x 85
Medium: Silkscreen, Giclee, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 25
Size (cm): 121.8 x 85
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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.