Blake uses collaged letters taken from different sources to spell out one of the most important words in the English language: HOPE. These works reflect a sentiment and warmth that is inherent throughout the artist’s work. His use of mismatching letters from different sources is a classic motif in his oeuvre, reflecting his love of collage and collecting, as well as the influence of artists such as Jack Pierson. The use of ‘found letters’ or commercial lettering in his work is something that Blake adopted in the 1950’s: allying himself with decorators, sign painters and commercial artists rather than the fine art establishment: declaring himself a pop artist.
Whilst studying Art at Gravesend Technical College (1949-51) Blake was given a thorough grounding in a wide range of crafts including Roman lettering, hand lettering, typography and typesetting. This training has seeped into his work throughout his career with text often being an integral – or the only – element of a piece.Silkscreen print on paper with diamond dust, gold and silver leaf, embossing and glazes.
Edition size: 100
Image size: 226 x 695mm
Paper size: 436 x 895 mm
We have ONE available in Diamond dust and ONE in Gold leaf.
Gold and Silver leaf
If you are interested,please call Chris or drop me an email as these are likely to be sold out extremely quickly!