Blake, Peter (22 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

  • Interviewees

    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 22: Tape 14: Side A: [22 March 2004] Current work finished: ‘Venus Outing to Weymouth’, Frayling portrait, album covers including description of Robbie Williams album cover not used by EMI, the Beach Boys Pet Sounds. Current cover for Eric Clapton. Comments on the music business. Financial and artistic satisfaction of doing covers. Media and size of covers. Why Brian Wilson [BW] is PB’s hero. Description of taking him out to dinner; anecdote about PB’s Beach Boy print (1964). BW’s questions about PB’s album cover design. Listening to the Beach Boys and other music PB listens to while working; effect on PB’s mood. Detailed description of Sgt Pepper album cover commission and its aftermath including copyright issues; mentions Robert Fraser and Paul McCartney. Comments on gallery and lawyers dealing with commissions to avoid problems as surfaced with EMI and R Williams album cover. Story about showing with the Portal Gallery (1961), ICA, New Vision Centre, all signifying different styles of work; offer from Tooth’s and PB’s strategy to be rejected by Portal, then joining Robert Fraser, followed by Lesley Waddington [LW]. Reasons for not joining the Marlborough Gallery. Dick Smith’s two maxims about work and age of dealers. PB’s conceptual art: showing samples of different kinds of work (1961). New Vision Centre show ‘Green and Gold’; Tony Mackley ‘s and PB’s work for the show; on using gold leaf: details. Taking on the Fatstock Marketing Corporation [FMC] contract; description of meat poster for FMC, rejected by them, its role as a reminder. Shepherd Bush Road graphic agency; mentions agent Roy Pegram [sp?]. Description of L Waddington [LW]and on being one of his successful artists.

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