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Wise Words and Genius from Sir Peter Blake

Sir Peter Blake is a painter, sculptor, draughtsman and printmaker. He is known as one of the leading figures of British Pop art.

Waddington Custot, Mayfair, proudly held the first exhibition of Blake’s drawings, named 'A Life in Drawings and Watercolours'. With a long, diverse career in the art world, including designing numerous iconic album covers, Blake recently offered an insightful look into a retrospective survey of his private collection of work.

I received an invitation to spend an evening with Sir Peter Blake as he talked through his work and career whilst also hosting a drawing class on a still life he composed. Although rarely shown, Blake’s drawings have and continue to be central to his creative output and offer a window into his life from an informal and intimate viewpoint.

The drawings varied widely in subject, from portraits and sculptures to simple sketched line drawings, made in quiet moments to pass the time or to document events such as a ‘Dr Death’ wrestling match on Edgware Road, or The Who in concert.

The earliest drawings were those that survived Blake’s time as a student at Gravesend School of Art and Royal College of Art, London. It was a pleasure to see how the artist found and developed his distinctive artistic language. I could have easily taken home a piece of his RA student project work.

This Cultavist and Waddington Custot event was co-hosted by Winsor and Newton who provided inspired art boxes of materials for the sketching class.

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