Peter Blake is an English pop artist who is probably best known for creating the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve. Blake used images from popular culture and was a prolific figure in collage.
Sir Peter Thomas Blake CBE RDI RA was born in Dartford, Kent in 1932 and studied at the Gravesend Technical College school of art and the Royal College of Art. Blake shot to fame in the 1950s when he became known for his pop art creations, using imagery from advertisments and music hall. His famed rocketed in 1962 when he was featured in a film by Ken Russell titled 'Pop Goes the Easel'.
As well as creating the artwork for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve, Blake also created the sleeve artwork for Paul Weller's 'Stanley Road' album and Band Aid's single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. The Tate held a retrospective of Blake's work in 1983 and Tate Liverpool one in 2008.