Sir Peter Blake limited edition screenprint 'On the Beach'
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Title: On the Beach
Medium: Silkscreen print
Image Size: 780 mm x 520 mm
Paper Size: 958 mm x 712 mm
Edition Size: 100
Signed and numbered by Sir Peter Blake.
On The Beach is the first image in a planned series of four new silkscreen prints depicting different popular leisure activities: the circus, the aquarium and a parade.
Blake uses one of his favourite techniques to create the composition. He gathers visual material from varying sources such as Victorian postcards, old photographs, zoological illustrations, images from artworks or magazines, and arranges these over a simple background. This collage technique is one he also used to great effect in his recent Venice Suite, it gives the works a surreal twist and provides the viewer with a feast of detail for the eye. The use of these collaged elements also lends the work a witty and humorous twist.
On The Beach seeks to capture all the activities that we associate with a visit to the seaside: swimming, messing around in boats, fishing, paddling, sunbathing, donkey rides and so on. However, Blake contrasts these familiar ideas with unexpected images of African and Australian tribal life, or an erotic glimpse of the naked female form. The combination of retro imagery and a radical surrealistic composition makes On The Beach a truly modern piece.
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