Therearen’t many folks that can say they’ve stood in the same room as Ian Dury, Helen Mirren and Paul Smith but you could be one of them, thanks to the latest exhibition by the godfather of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake. It might just be portraits rather than Paul Smith in the flesh, but it’s still pretty impressive, as the show is the first of its kind to focus solely on the artist’s paintings of people.
You’ll probably know Blake better as that bloke who designed the cover of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, but the exhibition will offer fans a rare opportunity to marvel at the other artistic gems in his arsenal, beyond one of the most famous album sleeves of all time. Expect an unexpected mix of famous faces and notable patrons alongside wrestlers and circus acts, as you do. And let’s be honest, who in their right mind would refuse a date with Dame Helen?
Weds 25th November 2015 – Sat 30th January 2016
Waddington Custot Galleries, 11 Cork Street, London W1S 3LT
Top Image, Peter Blake, Leslie and Clodagh Waddington, 1996, oil on canvas, 56 x 74 cm, courtesy the artist and Waddington Custot Galleries
2nd image, Peter Blake, Elvis Shrine Portraits, Landscapes or Still Lifes, 1995 – 2015, three wood panels and tables with household paint, found objects and tube LED lights, courtesy the artist and Waddington Custot Galleries