Sir Peter Blake presents new typographical work

Andy Dewhurst

Perhaps best known for the iconic cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album, Sir Peter Blake has had an impressive career. Now aged 85, a new body of his work entitled Dazzle Alphabet has been put on display at the Bohun Gallery of Henley-on-Thames. Each piece in the work focuses on a different letter of the alphabet and features some stunning typography and

personalised lettering.

Blake has recently been exploring the dazzle camouflage that was used by the Navy in World War I and, to a lesser extent, in World War II. Unlike conventional camouflage, the complex geometrical patterns are not intended to conceal the ship but rather to confuse observers about its range, speed, and heading. Blake’s 2015 “dazzle” treatment of the Mersey Ferry led to his acclaimed 2017 series of 26 silk-screen “dazzle” custom lettering, which will also be on show at the gallery and available for purchase, both individually and as a suite, from an edition of 100.

Speaking about the new exhibit, Katie Newman, the gallery’s manager, said:

“In his 85th year, Sir Peter is still as active today as he ever was and we are delighted to present the new body of work, entitled Dazzle Alphabet, together with selected work from the earlier Alphabet Suites.”

The exhibition, which is titled The Alphabet Suites, is set to continue until Saturday, April 14. For those interested in viewing it, the Bohun Gallery is located at 15 Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, where it is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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