The Butterfly Man in Venice – Homage to Damien Hirst is part of the Homage to Damien Hirst series. Signed limited edition silkscreen print with 24 colours and glazes created by Godfather of British pop art Sir Peter Blake. In the series Blake once again makes use of retro postcard images as backdrops to his collage of the butterfly man, dozens of butterflies and an assortment of eclectic characters from the miscellaneous print paraphernalia that he has hoarded over the years. The final stop on the tour is Venice and the piazza San Marco (an old haunt for the butterfly man, where an appreciative crowd have gathered to welcome him back to La Serenissima.

Artist Biography

Sir Peter Blake

Born in 1932 Sir Peter Blake is well known as the Godfather of British Pop Art he produces spectacular original prints, his work crosses all generational divides, and inspires great respect through the art world. Knighted in 2002, an honorary doctor of the Royal College of Art his work is represented in major collections throughout the world, Sir Peter Blake truly is a grandee of British Art.

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Sir Peter Blake's work reflects his fascination with all streams of popular culture, and the beauty to be found in everyday objects and surroundings. Many of his works feature found printed materials such as photographs, comic strips or advertising texts, combined with bold geometric patterns and the use of primary colours. The works perfectly capture the effervescent and optimistic ethos of the sixties, but are also strikingly fresh and contemporary. Blake is renowned for his connection with the music industry, having produced iconic album covers for the Beatles, Paul Weller, The Who, and Oasis.


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