This was the first time in the gallery’s history (est. 1876) that the exhibition space and storerooms have been taken over by an artist in such a manner. The selection is a unique insight into the mind of a truly creative talent and the artists who have inspired him throughout his career.
Peter Blake has a long standing relationship with The Fine Art Society and in decades past he would browse the gallery for inexpensive and overlooked historic prints to refashion in his own artworks. In this exhibition the artist carefully selected around 100 works from the gallery’s extensive holdings by artists he has long admired such as Edward Bawden, Paul Nash, Walter Sickert, Edward Burra, the Boyle Family, Edward Burne-Jones and contemporary artists Rob and Nick Carter and Keith Coventry.