PETER BLAKE is a painter and pioneer of ‘Pop Art’. Born in Dartford, Kent, he studied at Gravesend School of Art under Enid Marx. After national service in the RAF he studied at the Royal College of Art, and upon graduation in 1956 won the Leverhulme Research Award to study popular art – this allowed him to travel and study folk art throughout Europe. He became a Royal Academician in 1981, a CBE in 1983 and received a knighthood in 2002. Retrospectives his work were held at the Tate in 1983 and Tate Liverpool in 2008.