Art at Playboy: Peter Blake – The Godfather of British Pop Art

The Iconic Playboy Club London, on 14 Old Park Lane, Mayfair launched the ‘Art at Playboy’ initiative earlier this year to critical acclaim. Since then Cut The Cap has followed the club as its hosted to a number of top artists & photographers spanning the decades in association with Wade Fine Art and Paul Stolper Gallery.

6 international artists have so far exhibited their finest creations across the year in this intimate gallery space immersed within the hub of the club’s Players Lounge. Thankfully we haven’t outstayed our welcome yet as Cut The Cap was honoured to once again to invited back to enjoy Remy Martin VSOP cocktails, festive canapés and of course the latest artist, Peter Blake – in his 80th year, whose iconic works will be exhibited under the title ‘The Godfather of British Pop Art’ throughout December and into the New Year.

All of Blake’s works on view are for sale with prices ranging from £900 – £15,000. The exhibition will showcase 22 works from the last decade including prints from Blake’s renowned series ‘The Paris Suite’ and ‘The Venice Suite’ as well as the ‘Love’ and ‘Butterfly Man’ series. Peter Blake RA, became of one the most recognised British pop artists in the 1950‘s and is often referred to as the Godfather of British Pop Art, best known for his limited edition prints of celebrity Hollywood and British icons and moreover the design of the sleeve for the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Two major subjects dominate Peter Blake’s early work: fantastical scenes from the world of the circus and naturalistic paintings with autobiographic elements. The appropriation of popular images from advertisements and posters, which Blake combines with portraits, is typical of his work. Circus characters and children’s comic books are among the artist’s motifs. In style and content both types of pictures paved the way for British Pop Art.

Peter Blake’s paintings reveal a trademark collage style incorporating images culled from postcards, photographs and second-hand books, including details from familiar ‘Old Masters’ alongside illustrations from vintage children’s books. His prints often reveal fantastical scenes of cities evoking the magical atmosphere of a place enshrouded in myth and romance and imbued with Blake’s wonderfully surreal sensibility.
Art lovers – both members & non-members alike – now have an exclusive chance to see & purchase Peter Blake’s art work over an 8 week period before the next artist steps into the fold… don’t miss, grab your favourite cigar and head down to the Playboy Club London soon!

We also couldn’t leave without mentioning that the launch night was also Lucy’s (Playboy’s PR supremo) 30th birthday – HAPPY BIRTHDAY from Cut The Cap, Lucy!

Lucy's birthday gift from the bunnies!