Peter Blake and his unconventional visions Featured

Works by the founding father of British Pop Art at the Michela Rizzo gallery in Venice
by 13 April 2011

Peter Blake's association with the Beatles is as close as Mary Quant's with the miniskirt, or Andy Warhol and Pop Art. Who could ever forget the legendary artist who created the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with its collage of famous personalities, flowers and colours providing a backdrop for the Fab Four?

The 1960s was a decade that saw art overflow from canvas onto posters, magazines and record covers, which became new art media for the young generation of the day. Peter Blake was a gifted exponent of this universal form of art, in areas that included music, sports, fashion, Brit Art, and even more complex themes such as the protests against the Vietnam war.

Galleria Michela Rizzo has produced a show dedicated to the British artist, with a series of his latest works. If you go to Venice to see Blake's latest artistic expressions, you will return with a new vision: in fact, the city itself becomes a perfect subject for art, with its magical dimension that is so dear to the artist's heart, midway between kitsch images and the ancient traditions of the 18th-century landscape and seascape artists who worked there.

The common denominator amongst the canvases in this series is the butterflyman, an imaginary companion who bears witness to the landscapes described by Thomas Hardy and the picture-postcard images of the destinations that he visited. They are all invaded by flocks of colourful butterflies, travelling companions of an 18th-century figure who appears repeatedly, an apparently alien and alienated personality.

Blake never forgets his origins, as seen in the Marilyn series - a tribute to Andy Warhol – and in Stars, with subjects ranging from Elvis to Kate Moss. His work includes a number of elements: an invitation to participate in the world, experiencing all that is paradoxical and poetic in an everyday reality that is never banal, and the sudden flashes of beauty that occur around us all the time. Factors such as these are yet another example of the proverbial "English humour."

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