St Ives goes POP! during the September Festival with a welcome return to the gallery by the greatly respected 'godfather of British pop art', Sir Peter Blake, with a new exhibition of collectable signed limited edition prints from the past 25 years of his career. Since the early days, Blake has been fascinated with all streams of popular culture, and the beauty to be found in everyday objects and printed ephemera. Many of the print works in this show feature found printed materials such as photographs, comic strips or advertising texts, combined with bold geometric patterns and the use of primary colours. A strain of sentimentality and nostalgia runs through the show, with particular focus on a nostalgic world of movie stars, childhood games, sports and everyday objects. Through the use of 3D printed collaged elements, embossing, glazes and glitter, Blake has also created pop art compositions inspired by his own eclectic collection of Americana.
Combining a life-long love of music with his visual art, Blake is especially renowned for his connection with the music industry, having produced iconic album covers for the Beatles, The Who, Paul Weller, Oasis and most recently, Madness.
With the closure of the Tate St Ives until 2017 this popular exhibition showcases collectable works by prominent St Ives and British names, including Sir Terry Frost, Sandra Blow, Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson and Roger Hilton. Also featuring paintings by St Ives-born artist Matthew Lanyon and new works by sculptors Margaret Lovell and Peter Hayes. A "must-see" show.
Come along and join in the fun at our award-winning beachside gallery to celebrate our sizzling Summer + Autumn Collection. With nostalgia-evoking works about childhood at the seaside by Ann Winder-Boyle, and large-scale peopled beach paintings by Nick Bodimeade, to name just two, there is something for everyone to enjoy this summer and autumn.