Exciting city show by godfather of pop art

Pop artist Sir Peter Blake's work Four Man Up, part of an exhibition of silk screens being shown at 99 mary street, Sheffield
Pop artist Sir Peter Blake's work Four Man Up, part of an exhibition of silk screens being shown at 99 mary street, Sheffield
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Works by Sir Peter Blake, the British pop artist who created the iconic cover for The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album, are going on show in Sheffield.

The solo exhibition of rare and new limited edition silkscreens are coming to Sheffield design stalwarts DED’s event space at 99 Mary Street in what its owners believe is a first for Sheffield.

Knighted in 2002, the godfather of British pop art, whose work is included in major international collections, continues to inspire a new generation of artists including Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk and Tracey Emin.

DED say of the exhibition: “Although Sir Peter Blake’s 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.”

Much of the work is inspired by Sir Peter’s huge collection of objects and printed materials.

As well as The Beatles, Sir Peter has produced album covers for Paul Weller, The Who and Oasis.

He was elected as a Royal Academician in 1981 and was awarded the CBE in 1983.

In 1994 he was made the third associate artist of the National Gallery, London.

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 calendar of diverse events being hosted at 99 Mary Street, which has in recent months included several live music shows as well as film and photo shoots.

The venue’s creators and owners, internationally-known design agency DED, created the venue to be both a workplace and a space to showcase cultural, arts and design events.

It occupies a converted industrial space at the edge of the city centre.

The exhibition opens with a private view next Thursday and it continues until Friday, May 8.

For more details, including works on sale, go to http://www.99mary.st/