Make a date to see a bus that catches the essence of pop art - catch it in Marlborough High StreetA wide selection of works by pop artist Sir Peter Blake will be on show later this month at the Young Jamieson Fine Art gallery in the High Street (May 26 to June 10).
And watch out on the opening day of the exhibition - Saturday, May 26 - for a very special bus. Shoppers in Marlborough High Street will see Blake's stencilled double decker - a moving gallery decorated with some his pop art icons and images.
Sir Peter designed the bus in a groovy pop art style to create a rock 'n roll tour bus for art and artists. It's unique - so don't let anyone say: "We're full up - there's another on just behind"!
Most widely known for his work on the cover for the Beatles' Sergeant Pepper album, Sir Peter Blake's work reflects his fascination with all streams of popular culture - like his famous MM Gold [left] rendering of a well known portrait of Marilyn Monroe - and the fascination of everyday objects.
Born in 1932, he was one of the generation who trained and started painting soon after the Second World War and took enthusiastically to new techniques like screen-printing, to create bold and optimistic works which challenged status quo ideas about what constitutes art.
Combining images of pop culture and fine art, Blake's collages and paintings include imagery from advertisements and entertainment, to comic book characters and the circus. Many of his works feature found printed materials which are often combined with bold geometric patterns and strong primary colours - like The Dazzle Alphabet [see below].
Those old enough to remember the sixties will be reminded of the effervescent art and design that set the decade alight. But most of his work still seems very contemporary - reflecting an era that is still fascinated by image and colour.
Blake became a Royal Academician in 1981, a CBE in 1983 and was knighted in 2002 for his services to art. He is revered as a grandee of British art and was widely admired across the generations for his connections with the music industry - producing album covers for the Beatles, Paul Weller, The Who and Oasis.
He is represented in collections throughout the world.