Blake, Peter (15 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 15: Tape 9: Side A: [no recording Side B] Comments on changing British art world [c1960] and opening up of restricted upper class access to art education, which also changed production of art works. Comments on effect of changing art world on Minton; Francis Bacon’s bitchiness, which may have affected Minton. Reasons for including Minton in ‘ On The Balcony’. Comments on changes in the type of person attending art school though not conscious of overturning tradition at the time. Similarities and differences between Spear’s work and PB’s. Signs of class differentiation amongst tutors at the RCA. Lists fellow students: P Ayres, Bratby, Auerbach, Tilson, Cuming, Kossoff, Trewstwick , Betty Asmar, Pamela Lloyd. Remarks about girls not continuing as painters; that Rose Hilton only returned to painting after Roger’s death. Mentions other RCA students Richard Smith, Robyn Denny, William Green. Remarks about Pop year students Phillips, Kitaj, Hockney, and Boshier who had been introduced to PB by Pauline Fordham. Comments on helping younger artists. Detailed description of filming and appearing in ‘Pop Goes the Easel’ [PGE] initially to be directed by John Schlesinger who was replaced by Ken Russell. Mentions Pauline Boty. Appearance in Harry Potter films: details. Mentions East End Percy Boys Club.

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