Peter Blake British, 1932
Sir Peter Blake is celebrated as an instrumental member of the British Pop Art movement. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1956, Blake began creating vibrant, graphic works that explore forms of popular culture and entertainment, particularly music, film and sports, later bringing themes of art history, literature and childhood nostalgia into his work. Blake designed many album covers, notably The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1981, awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1983, and received a Knighthood in 2002 for his service to the arts. Blake's work is included in numerous public collections internationally, such as the Baltimore Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff; Tate, London; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.