Rock N' Roll Map
74 x 60 cm
Sir Peter Blake is one of Britain’s best loved artists. A contemporary of Hockney, Hamilton and Kitaj, his work has always moved with ease between fine art and illustration without feeling the need for a passport between nations. He has a Jarvis-like love of the experience of the common people with a magpie’s eye for detail and complexity. His accessible and engaging images draw on popular culture: the fashions and mythologies of contemporary life, with the hand of a consummate draftsman but the style of the outsider artist, the grown-up child. His hand is the most playful, maverick and curious of his generation, more interested in freedom of exploration than the conceptual inheritance of Duchamp.
He has exhibited internationally with solo shows in museums throughout most continents over the last 60 years.
He appeared in the first House of Fairy Tales Portfolio with a Ruralist image of boyish imps in the garden but for the Cartography collection he has given us some off-piste drama reflecting his love of Rock and Roll as the new liberating mythology of freedom for the 20th century. He has described its line up of colourful male progenitors through a New World filter and the imaginative freedom of the Wild West. The key mimics the commonly quoted access convention to his collaboration on the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album.