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Peter Blake Releases His Latest Alphabet Set

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Check out the Godfather of Pop Art’s new dazzling artwork.

Despite being in his eighties there is absolutely no sign of Peter Blake slowing down the production of his now iconic and much-celebrated artwork.

The Godfather of Pop Art has just released his latest series, 'Dazzle Alphabet' portfolio, which is the artist’s first alphabet inspired artwork since 2007. Each letter of the alphabet has been created as a silkscreen print, embellished with gold and silver metallic inks with candy pop colours.

Available as 27 individual letters (letters ‘I’ and ‘J’ come as single prints as well as separately) or presented as an archival box set, these eye-catching new works feature Blake’s signature Pop Art style Dazzle motif.

“Most artists go potty as they get older: dafter and madder. So I am consciously going to do that.” – Sir Peter Blake

The Dazzle motif references Blake’s early work as well as his recent exploration of the ‘dazzle’ effect, which was originally a method of helping vessels avoid enemy detection in World War One. It was featured extensively on Blake’s design of the ‘Snowdrop’ ferry, which operates on the River Mersey in Liverpool.

Sir Peter Blake was made an honorary scouser after creating the dazzle ship makeover entitled 'Everybody Razzle Dazzle' back in 2015.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Roz Gladden said: "Sir Peter has helped shape Liverpool's cultural significance on the global stage for more than five decades - from Sgt Pepper to Everybody Razzle Dazzle.

"His work with The Beatles was one of the seminal moments in popular art in the 20th Century and 50 years on still resonates around the world.”

Blake has rekindled his career-long fascination with text and the alphabet in this latest incredible and hugely uplifting series. The motif in the artist’s work is related to his enduring interest in childhood innocence and nostalgia, and Victorian and Edwardian graphic illustration.

By rendering each letter in bright colours and adding the graphic monochrome ‘dazzle’ pattern, Blake has put his definitive pop art stamp on this alphabet, creating an enormously collectable new body of work.

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