Peter Blake: A Life in Drawings and Watercolours

Peter Blake

Waddington Custot currently presents a survey exhibition of drawings by Peter Blake in their London gallery. The exhibition runs until 4th September and features works from the artist’s own private collection. The drawings range from the Alexander Calder sculpture at La Colombe d’Or, The Who in concert or simple portraits of his wife and family members.

The delicate drawings offer insights into Blake’s personal life while also on his creativity and gesture. Most include a caption, inscribed in Blake’s familiar handwriting, providing context and often show Blake’s humorous side, such as – ‘First morning in LA at David Hockey’s house – hungover – the pen is drawing by itself. Howard and David at the bank’.

More interestingly is the continuous artistic path taken by the artist across his career and the development of his aesthetics and style. Works from the 1940s and 1950s reveal an artist finding and developing his distinctive artistic language. From the 1950s, Blake’s signature graphic style is emerging. Other highlights include new works, specifically made for the show including Party Watercolours, an array of colour and celebration depicting fictional characters dancing and laughing alongside balloons.


Image: Late period, 2017, watercolour and gouache on paper, courtesy of the artist and Waddington Custot.