As our 45th exhibition season opens at Bohun Gallery, we celebrate with one of the most iconic and enduring figures in British Art, Sir Peter Blake, who first exhibited at Bohun Gallery in 1979. In his 85th year, he is still as active today as he ever was and we are delighted to present the new body of work, entitled 'Dazzle Alphabet', together with selected work from the earlier Alphabet Suites.
The Dazzle motif references Blake's recent exploration of the 'dazzle' effect camouflage which was adopted by the Navy during the First and Second World Wars, consisting of complex patterns of geometric shapes painted on the vessels to confuse the enemy as to their position, speed and course. To celebrate the Liverpool Biennale, Peter Blake was commissioned to decorate the Mersey Ferry, upon which he displayed his 'Dazzle' technique to great effect. The success of this led his series of 26 ‘Dazzle’ silkscreen letters in 2017 which will be exhibited in full at Bohun Gallery. The silkscreen letters, from an edition of 100, are all signed and editioned by Blake, and can be acquired individually or as the full boxed portfolio, prices start at £575.
Throughout his long and prestigious career Peter Blake has created suites of works based around the alphabet related to his enduring interest in childhood innocence and nostalgia, and Victorian and Edwardian graphic illustration. Using vintage cards, magazines, books and other found ephemera, he assembles collages that are at once whimsical, humorous and fascinating. These works showcase the artist's impeccable eye for printed paraphernalia and appreciation for lettering in a uniquely joyful format.
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