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(b Dartford, Kent, 25 June 1932). British painter, printmaker, sculptor, and designer, a leading exponent of Pop art. His use of imagery from comics, pin-up magazines, consumer goods, and advertisements captures the flavour of the times in a manner that now evokes nostalgia for the ‘swinging sixties’, as was made clear during his enormously popular retrospective exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London, in 1983 (his most famous work is the cover design for the Beatles LP Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967). The combination of sophistication and naivety typical of Blake's style is seen particularly clearly in his work as a member of the Brotherhood of Ruralists, a group of seven painters based in the West Country, of which Blake (then living near Bath) was one of the founders in 1975.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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