Blake, Peter (26 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 26: Tape 16: Side A: Miriam’s and Jann’s competitive streak. Jann’s resentment over Sgt Pepper attribution. PB loyal support for Jann over quarrels with her parents at the Looking Glass School. PB organising paintings for Bath Festival including Richard Long who did not actually take part. Playing after dinner party game ‘Which Pre-Raphaelite Would You Like to Be?’ with David Inshaw and Graham Arnold: PB chose Millais which led to creation of Brotherhood of Ruralists [BoR]. BoR members PB, JH, Graham and Anne Arnold, Graham and Anne Ovenden, David Inshaw. BoRsMet at solstices. Their holidays at Coombe, Landmark Trust village, like a ‘Pre-Raphaelite holiday’. BoR a democracy, not exclusive. PB not the leader. Plans for a journal. Comments on Annie Ovenden’s work as a graphic designer and painter. Arnolds and Ovendens continue as Ruralists. The Arnolds in Shropshire. Wellow in North Somerset. Mentions Broadheath Brotherhood. Different emphases amongst the group: PB the most well-known, G Ovenden the photographer. Comments on being seen as a ‘leader’ and part of a group but not part of the London Group of Kitaj, Auerbach and Freud. Pop Art groupings and PB’s place within it; who the leader is depends on ‘how the story is being told’. Examples of Slade and RCA Pop artist groupings. Anecdote about Jann inviting PB to the Slade Sketch Club. Story about selecting Colin Self’s work for a prize at the Slade when he was about to be failed; mentions Anthony Donaldson, Art and Language. Comments on Slade and RCA axis.

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