Blake, Peter (7 of 28).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2003-04-22, 2003-06-12, 2003-07-03, 2003-09-04, 2003-11-24, 2003-12-15, 2004-03-22, 2004-07-08, 2004-08-06, 2004-11-11, 2005-02-07

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    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 7: Tape 4: Side A: Collection kept at home, in Dad’s shed. Dad’s toy making and racing pigeons. Details of shed where first collage made. Detailed description of collections in Grandmother’s house[s] in Worcester. Explanation of ration point system. Anecdote about Grandmother’s catering plans for end of war party. Story about opening forbidden box of toys, which were being saved for PB’s Uncle Raymond. Importance of cinema as a means of escape: details. Comments on nostalgia. Remarks about fascination with Elvis Presley. Lists and remarks on extraordinary training of the Intermediate Course at Gravesend. Wanting to be a painter but advised to do graphics for financial security. Mentions self-portrait and painting of Shirley. Teachers discouraged application to RCA except for Peter Todd. Robin Darwin’s role in recommending PB’s work for consideration by RCA Painting School. Graphic and painting work sent in for application completed at Gravesend: details. Shirley and Terry’s thoughts about PB going to art school; Terry and Shirley’s subsequent careers; reflects on possible resentment. Financial benefits of grant awards. Saturday job while at Gravesend. RCA grant covered all expenses. Mentions RCA [Leverhulme] scholarship to Europe and how it was spent. Comments on lengths to which art students went to avoid National Service [NS]. PB’s attitude to and decision to do NS before going to RCA. Reflects on value of NS experience. Begins description of NS uniform and sensitivity to materials.

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