Blake, Peter (21 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 21: Tape 13: Side A: [no recording Side B] Report for Leverhulme. Story about attending party for Senator Fulbright, having to pretend to be an American. Effect of Leverhulme trip on PB; lists Italian cities visited. Feelings on return to UK; going home, finishing ‘On the Balcony’ (55-57). Teaching at Gravesend S of A, then St Martins, flats in Chiswick and London. Comments on working on ‘On the B’ on return; comparison with ‘Venuses Outing to Weymouth’. Remarks about not finishing work. Anecdote about Hockney portrait begun in 1964 exchanged for Rake’s Progress, not at Tate Britain. Comments on relationship between life experiences and work. Scholarship trip compared to art history finishing school. Influence of Northern European art; PB’s place in art history. Memory of visiting The Prado, and novelty aspect of a museum café. Comments on success and ambition; mentions RCA award; mentions David Trestwick [sp?], Pamela Lloyd. Comments on History of Art at the RCA; mentions Basil Taylor. Conscious of other students’ previous training: Leon Kossoff, Frank Auberbach, Joe Tilson. Speculation about Auerbach’s opinion of PB’s work. Remarks about not being a decorative painter. Comments on changing attitude to historical painting with specific reference to Velazquez. Remarks about choice of subject matter; lists current works in progress including Duchamp’s World Tour [DWT]. Description of works in preparation for Waddington at Frieze Fair. Genesis of DTW: mentions ‘The Day Elvis Met the Spice Girls’. Description of DWT works. Mentions genesis of One to Ten exhibition. Madonna paintings.

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