Blake, Peter (13 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 13: Tape 8: Side A: [4 September 2003] Description of and background to PB’s exhibitions of his commercial work and sculptures at the London Institute with summary of PB’s interests and career; mentions [Lesley] Waddington, examples of work included in the shows. Substantial comments on not completing paintings whereas 3D work is about coming to a conclusion; mentions ‘Homage to Morandi’, portraits, ‘Have a Nice Day Mr Hockney’, ‘Captain Webb’. Anecdote about having to extend deadline for Pears soap commission (c1969). Detailed story about delay in completing ‘Twins in Their Tea Garden’ for Ishimura Gallery in Japan and subsequent versions made. Remarks about appeal of working in sequences. Description of process for painting portraits using example of Guyatt portrait. Anecdote about inviting Helen Mirren to the studio to do her portrait. Comments on reasons for not painting from life. Reflects on RCA Guyatt portrait. PB’s impression of Guyatt at the RCA. Crossover teaching between RCA departments was not encouraged. Account of origin of Mirren portrait arising out of idea for 60s pin-up calendar. Mirren’s misunderstanding that the portrait would be a nude. Comments on awkwardness of painter’s relationship with nude models. Description of flight to LA with H Hodgkin on Air India because food better, drinking champagne all the way and straight to private view with all LA crowd in attendance.

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