Peter Blake (born June 25, 1932) is a British pop artist known for his colorful and playful artworks that reflect popular culture. He was born in Dartford, Kent, and studied at the Gravesend School of Art from 1949 to 1951 and the Royal College of Art in London from 1953 to 1956. Blake's early work was heavily influenced by the pop culture of the 1950s and 1960s, including comic books, advertisements, and rock music. He is perhaps best known for his iconic album cover design for The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in 1967, which featured a collage of famous figures and cultural icons.
Throughout his career, Blake has continued to explore popular culture in his work, often using collage and assemblage to create playful and whimsical compositions. He has also worked in other mediums, including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. In addition to his artwork, Blake has been involved in various design projects, including creating sets and costumes for the Royal Ballet and designing the cover for the 1984 edition of George Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four."
Blake has received many honors and awards for his contributions to the arts, including being made a CBE in 1983 and a knighthood in 2002. He has also been the subject of numerous retrospectives and exhibitions, including a major retrospective at the Tate Liverpool in 2007. Despite being in his late 80s, Blake continues to work and create new pieces. His influence on the pop art movement and popular culture more broadly is significant, with many contemporary artists citing him as an inspiration.