99 Mary Street in association with Ted Baker present
Sir Peter Blake
Exhibition of Rare & New Silkscreens
April sees a first for Sheffield with a solo exhibition of seminal British artist Peter Blake’s rare and new limited edition silkscreens. Sheffield design stalwarts DED use their post industrial event space, 99 Mary Street, to host this comprehensive Blake print collection.
Knighted in 2002 the Godfather of British pop art, whose work is included in major international collections, continues to inspire and is much respected by a new generation of artists including Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk and Tracey Emin.
Though his past and present work ranges in various different mediums including collage his central theme remains his fascination with popular culture and the beauty to be found in everyday objects and surroundings. Many of his works feature found printed materials such as photographs, comic strips or advertising texts, combined with bold geometric patterns and the use of primary colours. The works perfectly capture the effervescent and optimistic ethos of the fifties and sixties, but are also strikingly fresh and contemporary. There is also a strain of sentimentality and nostalgia running throughout his work, with particular focus towards childhood innocence and reminiscence. He takes much inspiration for his work from his own collection of objects and printed materials acquired over a lifetime and stored in his studio. Blake is renowned for his connection with the music industry, having produced iconic album covers for the Beatles, Paul Weller, The Who, and Oasis.
Peter Blake was elected Royal Academician in 1981 (ARA 1974) and was awarded the CBE in 1983. In 1994 he was made the Third Associate Artist of the National Gallery, London, and in 1998 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Art. There was a major retrospective of his work Now We Are 64, at the National Gallery in 1996, as well as at Tate Liverpool in 2007.
The Blake print show is the latest in a burgeoning calendar of diverse and inquisitive happenings hosted at 99 Mary Street. Its creators and owners, indigenous to the city, are design agency DED and the conception of their self penned city centre abode has heralded a new and fertile period for the company with the beautifully detailed public space, flanking as it does their workroom, allowing them a near philanthropic approach to showing and sharing.
Excited and inspired by the opportunity to present the works of such a seminal artist, and by their growing relationship with CCA Galleries, DED are set to continue bringing strong statements to their bare brick walls. MD Nik Daughtry explained, “CCA have helped make it possible for us to share the work we love and utilise the space for a strong purpose”.
With exhibitions by the likes of Dan Baldwin sitting amongst micro gigs, film and photo shoots and collective folk art events their collectable fliers never fail to garner a crowd. 99 Mary Street are delighted to have Peter Blake’s works on show.
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Press preview: Thursday 16th April, 6.30pm *