Thursday, 16 August 2018

Peter Blake: A Life in Drawings and Watercolours

This summer show sees a rare outing of Peter Blake's very early drawings, charting his development from a student at Gravesend School of Art and the Royal College of Art, to full blown artist and national treasure.

It was fascinating to see many older pencil works never displayed before from his personal archive, and also more recent life drawings. You can see how essential the discipline of drawing is to his practice. Blake's interest in and application of typography is also recorded in the early drawings.

Some recent royal portraits display Blake's skills as a watercolourist, and others his continuing fascination with circus performers and tattooed ladies.

Also present in the exhibition are Blake's latest Party Watercolours depicting children enjoying themselves. They are signature Blake works, which although painted, look as though they have been collaged together from disparate sources. There are also individual portraits of children in party settings which resemble mugshots, where, despite the obvious festivities, some of the subjects look uncomfortably ill at ease. Perhaps in jest, perhaps all too aware of his own mortality, Blake signs these recent works 'late period'.

Peter Blake: A Life in Drawings and Watercolours
until 4th September
Waddington Custot
11 Cork Street

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Lille Typographique

An array of historical and contemporary fonts, and ghost signs spotted in Lille.