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Blake Dazzles For Biennial

LIVERPOOL Biennial has announced the launch of Dazzle, 2016, a limited edition silkscreen print created by artist Sir Peter Blake.

The renowned British Pop artist launched the artwork at a VIP event at Blakes restaurant in Hard Days Night Hotel. The restaurant is named after the artist, following his design of the Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover in 1967.

 The latest in a series of limited editions by artists who have worked with Liverpool Biennial, Dazzle, 2016 relates to Blake’s 2015 commission, Everybody Razzle Dazzle, for which he transformed the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop into a moving artwork. It features a number of symbols that regularly appear in Blake’s art: a star, a target and a rainbow. Prevalent in many of his early works, such as Love Wall, 1961, he has recently reclaimed the symbols as ‘Peter Blake Pop Art Incorporated’, bringing them back into his practice and showcasing them to new audiences. The symbols are particularly reflective of his signature style in colour, monochrome and shape.

Liverpool Biennial Limited Editions are an opportunity to own work by leading contemporary artists that have worked with the Biennial. The sale of Limited Editions directly supports Liverpool Biennial’s new commissions, exhibitions, talks and educational programmes.

Sir Peter Blake said: “It has been fascinating to explore the historic practice of dazzle camouflage painting. This new print references both my early work and my recent dazzle commission, and I am proud to help Liverpool Biennial continue its impressive record of working with artists to create ambitious and challenging new work.”

Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said: “We are grateful to Sir Peter Blake for creating this incredible print for our Limited Editions series. It has been a great privilege to work with him on the dazzle ferry commission, which has become a much-loved icon for the city.

Mike Dewey, General Manager of Hard Days Night Hotel, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Sir Peter Blake to the hotel, and the restaurant named after him. Sir Peter’s links with The Beatles date back to his Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover design, and so it’s rewarding to combine the hotel’s inimitable Beatles legacy with his current work. We are proud to join forces with Liverpool Biennial to continue supporting the cultural diversity of the city of Liverpool.”

Dazzle, 2016 has a limited run of 150 prints. It will be available from Tuesday 1 March 2016 at Priced at £720, each 60x40cm print is signed and numbered by the artist.






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