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THE POWER Sir PETER BLAKE CBE RDI RA Peter Blake’s work reflects his fascination with all streams of 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 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, as can be seen clearly in his recent Alphabet series. Blake is renowned for his connection with the music industry, having produced iconic album covers for the Beatles, Paul Weller, The Who, and Oasis. In 1979, his work reverted to the earlier popular culture references that had been his dominant inspiration before his rural period. He still resides and works in Chiswick, maintaining a prolific output of work. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1981, and a CBE in 1983. 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. Recent years have been as busy as ever: 2016 started with a solo show of original work ‘Portraits and People’ at London’s Waddington Custot Galleries, which garnered national and international press attention. Highlights in 2015 included Blake’s commission from Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial to transform a Mersey ferry into a ‘dazzle ship’ to commemorate the work of First World War ship designers. The ‘dazzle ferry’ project was at the centre of a BBC ‘What Do Artists Do All Day?’ episode focusing on Blake. Blake has designed fabrics for Stella McCartney, as well as the carpets in the new Supreme Court. In 2012 he re-designed the BRIT award statuettes and produced a portrait of the the Queen commissioned by the Radio Times to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee (which appeared on its cover). He is currently working on a series of jacket designs for Penguin books, he has also been commissioned to paint a canvas of St. Martin for the Knights Chapel in St. Paul’s Cathedral- the first new artist to be included for several hundred years.

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The Second Real Target 25 Years Later

88 x 112cm

Signed limited edition silkscreen print

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Eiffel Tower 2015 (large lenticular)

106 x 151cm

Signed limited edition 3D lenticular print

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Homage to Rauschenberg II

70 x 82cm Silkscreen Print

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The Aquarium

150 x 111cm Signed limited edition silkscreen print with glazes

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I Love You

120x 84cm Signed limited edition digital print on canvas

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BRUCE MCLEAN Bruce McLean is one of the major figures of contemporary British Art. Born in 1944 he studied at Glasgow School of Art (1961-63) and at St. Martin’s in London (1963-66), where he was taught by Sir Anthony Caro, Phillip King, Bill Tucker, Isaac Witkin and Peter Atkins. The course was very rigourous and encouraged a questioning enquiry into the nature of sculpture past, present and future. McLean responded by making sculpture out of rubbish, water and other impermanent materials, and by using his own body to make action sculptures- and impersonate sculptures by others. Also produced were photographic works in which he often appeared. McLean lead the development of Conceptual art in Britain in the 1960s, often working outside in the urban and suburban landscape. Some of his works brilliantly sent up the solemnity of the art world and mocked established art forms. In 1972 he was given a one day retrospective at the Tate Gallery at the age of 27 (King for a Day). After St. Martin’s McLean went on to teach at numerous art schools including The Slade School of Fine Art, where he became Head of Graduate Painting (2002-2010). He has obtained international recognition for his paintings and prints, work with film, theatre and books. McLean’s bold and confident approach to printmaking proved influential to his contemporaries and also to a generation of younger artists. The making of prints and posters has been a central aspect of his work and continues to inform his sculptural investigations. His work is in private and public collections world-wide including the Tate Gallery, Arts Council of Great Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Edinburgh and the British Council. He has had numerous one man shows in Europe, North America, and Japan. Now approaching his seventh decade McLean’s energy, vision and work ethic remain undimmed. 2014 saw two major exhibitions exploring his work: ‘Bruce McLean: Another Condition of Sculpture’ at Leeds Art Gallery, and ‘Bruce McLean: Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Film’ at Firstsite in Colchester, both shows included works spanning five decades. McLean’s work featured in the Royal Scottish Academy’s annual exhibition in 2016 and can currently be seen in Tate’s ‘Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979’ exhibition. He lives and works in west London.

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Lindheimer’s Beeblossom

101 x 112cm

Signed limited edition silk screen print with hand painted embellishments

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Red Garden Path

101 x 112cm Signed limited edition silkscreen print with hand painted embellishments

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Turquoise Hosepipe Ban

101 x 112cm

Signed limited edition silkscreen print with hand painted embellishments

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Mixed Media on Canvas

Patching di Fello

100 x 100cm

Agave Americana

76 x 79cm Signed limited edition silkscreen print. Can be bought as a pair with Black Mimosa.

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Black Mimosa

76 x 79cm

Signed limited edition silkscreen print with collaged elements. Can be bought as a pair with Agave Americana

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DAN BALDWIN Dan Baldwin (1972-) creates a unique and immediately recognisable vision in his silkscreen prints. His work is at once both abstract and figurative, reflecting both reality and the world of imagination. Baldwin’s subject matter is the interior of his own mind, from rumination on love, memory or philosophical issues, to an airing of opinion on politics and/or current affairs. The work is multi-layered, both physically (Baldwin can use glazes, diamond dust,collage and 3D media on top of his silkscreen surface) and in terms of meaning. The motifs with which he plays often reccur- skeletons, swallows, crucifixes, childrens’ story book illustrations, spiders, robins, trees, knives, flowers, cartoon figures- and are often contradictory, creating an uncomfortable and sometimes sinister paradox. Each motif has a meaning (swallows generally signify innocence for example), although the meanings can vary slightly from print to print depending on the overall ethos of the piece. Symbolism is key to Baldwin’s oeuvre- both his own interpretation and the personal response of each viewer. These symbols of death, life and love reflect Baldwin’s preoccupation with the ‘big questions’ of human existence. Born in Manchester, Baldwin studied at Eastbourne College of Art and Design and then Kent Institute of Art and Design. He lives and works in West Sussex. Baldwin’s work is collected and exhibited nationally and internationally.

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After Warhol - Barbed Wire Blue

79 x 60cm Silkscreen Print

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Love and Light - Yellow and Blue

90 x 90cm Silkscreen Print

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Bliss

90 x 90cm Silkscreen Print

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After Warhol - Flower Yellow

79 x 60cm Silkscreen Print

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After Warhol - Hand Green

79 x 60cm Silkscreen Print

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I Love You Very Much

51 x 115cm

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Cover: Sgt. Pepper, Signed limited edition print, 66,5 x 66,5cm

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