‘Paris Suite Set’ - A signed, limited edition set of twenty silkscreen prints with gloss and glaze by British pop artist Sir Peter Blake. Prints available individually or as a set.
Following his Venice Suite of 2009, Blake continued on his tour of the great cities of the world by bringing his unique vision to the City of Light in the Paris Suite. Once again Blake has taken inspiration from an antique souvenir postcard set of the city, using these as the basis for each packed collage composition. Blake creates hugely complex and humorous scenarios filled by characters and objects found in his personal collection of printed materials. The series contains several classic Blake motifs such as the circus, magic crowds, dancing and butterflies, and showcases the sophistry of his compositional skills. Blake’s careful balance and soft application of colour throughout the series, render the works reminiscent of old-fashioned aquatints; they could almost be illustrations to a story book from yesteryear- he leaves it to the viewer to create the story. Collage has been a medium that has fascinated Blake since his first experiments at the Royal College of Art in 1955. He took inspiration from artists such as Kurt Schwitters and Max Ernst to create collages that were surreal and comic visual stories bringing together many disparate and strange elements.
The Paris Suite is comprised of ‘Paris- 10 Man Upright’, ‘Paris-Aquarium’, ‘Paris- Butterflies I’, ‘Paris- Butterflies II’, ‘Paris- Charabanc Outing’, ‘Paris- Chicken Art’, ‘Paris- Circus I’, ‘Paris- Circus II’, ‘Paris- Confucius’, ‘Paris- Dancing’, ‘Paris- Elephants’, ‘Paris- Girl’, ‘Paris- Lowering Elephants’, ‘Paris- Men with their Pets’, ‘Paris- Monkeys’, ‘Paris- The Day the Apes Escaped’, ‘Paris- The Day the Seine Froze Over’, ‘Paris- The Kiss’, ‘Paris- Women with their Pets’, ‘Paris- Working Elephants’, and is presented in a museum quality binding-box. Each artwork is a signed limited edition silkscreen print on paper with glazes.