Skip to content

Sir Peter Blake exhibition now at Hang Up Gallery in Stoke Newington

Kandy by Sir Peter Blake

Kandy by Sir Peter Blake

The use of collage creates an anarchic and chaotic theme in much of Sir Peter Blake’s work, as his cutouts of different celebrities and famous images are brought together in a way that almost seems casual.

Blake most famously designed the album artwork for the Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in the 1960s.

His foray into the music industry does not end there as he has also designed artwork for the albums of artists like Paul Weller, Ian Drury, The Who and Eric Clapton.

The prints in this exhibition stay true to the circus-like nature of Sgt Pepper’s and his previous work, as he brings together famous faces and images to create a sense of the bizarre.

There is a range of different zoo animals marching through the streets of Paris, old-fashioned dancers flying high above Shanghai, and what would this exhibition have been without the presence of Blake’s most favoured muse, Elvis Presley.

By bringing together celebrity with a chaotic undertone, he light-heatedly mocks popular culture, comparing it to something as ridiculous as a circus act.

The ‘POP’ exhibition is at Hang Up Gallery on Stoke Newington High Street until 27 October

Real news stories don't come cheap.

The Hackney Citizen is the borough’s only independent newspaper, and is now in its tenth year.

Our hard-hitting journalism has uncovered fire safety failures in tower blocks, revealed plans to criminalise rough sleepers, exposed dodgy letting agents and reported on many other issues of public concern.

We’ve always been totally free in print and online, but advertising revenues are falling.

That’s why we’re asking for your help.

Hackney Citizen’s high quality journalism is produced by a small team on a shoestring budget, so we’re asking you to make a monthly contribution to fund our work, enabling the paper to survive and thrive.

Support the Hackney Citizen from as little as £2 per month.

Can you spare £4 a month or more? Get the paper delivered direct to your door each month! (UK only)