‘Lowering Elephants’ is a signed and numbered screenprint from the Paris Suite (2011) by Sir Peter Blake, inspired by an antique post card set of Paris. In this surreal drama we find elephants lowered by hoist onto the forecourt of Notre Dame, observed by a random collection of victorian children and fairground characters. Blake is an avid collector of memorabilia and images. In the Paris Suite, he plays with the juxtaposition of imagery to create a fantasy view of Paris, both nostalgic and contemporary. The collages are meticulously assembled from old post cards, magazines and every other imaginable source and he cuts out each creature, object or character with tiny scissors. The prints were published in editions of 100. Read more about Sir Peter Blake.
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.