Blake, Peter (12 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

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    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 12: Tape 7: Side A: PB’s methods; mentions portrait of Dick [Richard] Guyatt. Story about being part of life drawing group project ‘1000 Life Drawings’ but giving it up because doing portraits for Under Milk Wood [UMW]. Detailed description and appreciation of media used for UMW portraits and illustrations. Note books and sketch books used: details. Reasons for doing Under Milk Wood project; mentions Jann Haworth. Editioned publication plans for UMW project by the Libenus Press described. Details of other projects on difficult but magical texts The Great Gatsby and Molly Bloom’s soliloquy. Example of difficult passages to illustrate. Scenes admired in Gatsby and their qualities. Comments on eroticism in Molly Bloom and PB’s work. Mentions appropriateness of reading biography about Montgomery Clift on trip to Los Angeles [LA] with Howard Hodgkin [HH]. Effect of divorce on PB and decision to go to LA with HH. Comments on HH’s sexual orientation at the time. Mentions projected exhibition of paintings emanating from LA trip but which never took place because of PB Tate Gallery retrospective [1983]. Comments on ‘Have a Nice Day Mr Hockney’; anecdote about ‘A Remembered Moment in Venice CA.’, and ‘Montgomery Clift was Twin’. Location of the paintings. Comments on frames and HH’s painting into the frames. Remarks about particular salon atmosphere PB aimed for. Not knowing what happened to M Clift painting. Mentions Tate not restoring frames. HH only showed one painting. PB’s frames and HH’s painting into the picture. PB wanted old Salon picture feel. Doesn’t’ know where oval Montgomery Clift painting is. Tate hasn’t tried to restore frame.

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