Sir Peter Blake, whose rich musical associations will be celebrated in an exhibition at Pallant House Gallery in June 2012, has today unveiled his designs for the most famous awards in the UK musical calendar. The Godfather of Pop Art has redesigned the Britannia statuette, which will be given to the winners at the Brit Award ceremony in February 2012.
The design bears Sir Peter's signature Pop art touches including the star, heart and target which appear on the POP ART badges he produced exclusively for Pallant House Gallery in 2000.
Peter Blake has been closely linked with pop music since the 1950s. Not only has he painted images inspired by his musical heroes such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Bo Diddley but he has also worked closely with musicians and bands including Oasis, The Who and Eric Clapton to create some of the most iconic album covers of the last 50 years.
Pallant House Gallery will celebrate this rich musical heritage in a new exhibition in summer 2012: 'Peter Blake and Pop Music' (23 June-7 Oct 2012) will draw on the extensive collection of British Pop Art at Pallant House Gallery and will feature loans from public and private collections across the UK.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a display of works by Artist Pop Stars such as David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, John Lennon, Patti Smith, Ian Dury and their contemporaries