Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll


Portraiture has been prevalent in Peter Blake’s work since the late 1940s. From his images of pop culture icons to his imagined characters, the artist has always explored a diverse array of individuals. This is a new print to come from the studio, produced and published by Dark Matter Studio in a signed, limited edition of 75 (with 8 AP’s and 8 HC’s) and is sold unframed.  For ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’ Blake has translated one of his watercolour paintings, featured in his recent exhibition ‘A Life in Drawings and Watercolours’ at the Waddington Custot Gallery, London, into a limited edition archival pigment print. The piece sees a return to the characteristically naive painterly style that defined Blake’s early career. Against a deep blue background a nude woman stands, her body entirely covered with fantastical tattoos: from George and the Dragon to Native Americans, from sketches and doodles, to American flags, Blake’s print is both visually arresting and conceptually provocative – the Godfather at his very best.


Additional information


Archival inkjet print



Original / Edition

Edition of 75


77 x 57 cm


Widely regarded as the godfather of British Pop art and the Young British Artists movement, Sir Peter Blake creates paintings, collages, and prints that blend modernity and nostalgia. Though best known for designing the album cover for the Beatles ‘ Sgt. Pepper ‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band, he considers painting to be central to his oeuvre. While celebrity figures inform his work, folk art, fairground signs, and an overall sense of nostalgia also influence his style.


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