This stark silk-screen print features one of the iconic faces of the 20th century. Marilyn Monroe’s face, her jewellery infused with real diamond dust stares out as the viewer with an expression as blank and uncommunicative as the black square below her, making this a beguiling image. The print is based on a 1990 original (photographs and enamel paint on wood), which was part of a series in homage to Monroe.
Peter Blake CBE RDI RA (born 1932) is a contemporary British artist known for his striking portraits and his association with the Pop Art movement, evident in work’s such as his, ‘On The Balcony’ (1955) and ‘Self Portrait with Badges’ (1962). Alongside David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, and Richard Hamilton, Blake sourced imagery from popular culture to produce colourful and distinctly graphic works. He is perhaps best known for creating the album cover for The Beatles’s album, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, in 1967; as well as creating album covers for numerous others including Ian Dury’s ‘Brand New Boots and Panties’ (1979) (Blake was Dury’s tutor at the RCA in the mid 60s). “I wanted to make an art that was the visual equivalent of pop music,” he reflected. Born in Dartford, Blake studied at the Gravesend School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. His varied artistic career led to him receiving a Knighthood in 2002 for his services to the visual arts. The artist’s works are included in the collections of the Tate Gallery in London, the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, and the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. At the age of 86, Peter Blake currently lives and works in London.