Blake, Peter (17 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 17: Tape 10: Side B: Refers to unrealised painting ‘Once Upon a Time’. Detailed, description of current paintings in progress on theme entitled Marcel Duchamp’s World Tour and art historical sources drawn on; further works in the series. Comments on constant thoughts and dreams about work in progress. Finding sources for images: details. Comments on the cultural shift in painting clowns as a subject for art. PB’s frustration at critics’ comments about the demise of figurative painting. Mentions disappointment that LI sculpture show wasn’t reviewed. Remarks about no longer feeling jealous. Comparison of L Freud’s painting of the Queen compared to PB’s. On motto in Who’s Who. Remarks about divorce from JH. Current motto, Stay Ahead of the Avant Garde, a possible title for forthcoming book. Mentions Brotherhood of Ruralists. Death of Colin Hayes, the last person on Moynihan RCA portrait. Comments on C Frayling’s portrait and Freud’s portrait of Minton. Reflections on mortality: mentions Michael Kaman, Sue Timney. Comments on Gordon House’s cancer, putting himself in his place, making arrangements. On reaching 70: PB’s tumour benign, but for week thought about death (c1995). Comments on ’patchy’ experience of National Health Service.

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