‘A Rose is a Rose is a Rose’ by Sir Peter Blake is the latest silkscreen edition from Peter Blake. Consisting of three stunning silkscreen prints with glazes in an edition of 100, each print takes on the subject of a rose in a different direction exerting Blake’s signatures watercolour, collage and pop art styles. All three prints are beautifully presented together in a rich petrol blue archival box with title page and colophon.
The sentence ‘Rose is a rose is a rose’ was written by Gertrude Stein as part of the 1913 poem ‘Sacred Emily’, which appeared in the 1922 book ‘Geography and Plays’. In the poem, it references that the first ‘Rose’ is the name of a person. As one of her most famous quotations, Stein later used variations of the quote in her other writing and it is often interpreted as a means to say ‘things are what they are’.
Having always liked the quote and having named his own daughter Rose, Blake took joy in developing these prints in an instinctive direction, evolving the meaning of the quote from a statement of the law of identity to an artistic translation using print media to create three exquisite silkscreens.
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.
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.