Peter Blake and Pop Music

Pallant House celebrates Peter Blake's 80th year with this exhibition of the Pop Artist's album covers and key works inspired by music.

Peter Blake, Got a girl, 1960-61 © the artist/ DACS 2012

Peter Blake, Got a girl, 1960-61

Images of musicians including Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Sammy Davis Junior will be displayed alongside album covers created for bands such as Oasis, The Who, Eric Clapton and the Beatles.

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The exhibitiion will also feature Blake's Self Portrait with Badges; a (possible) tribute in denim to Gainsborough's Blue Boy, Blake casts himself as a fanboy in baseball boots, clutching an Elvis Presley magazine.Blake's group portrait of The Beatles was made early in the band's career, and Blake is quoted as saying to critic Mervyn Levy at the time: 'At the moment I'm working on a large conversation piece of the Liverpool song group, The Beatles. Each of these chaps is closely associated with the city and I hope the local fans will find in this picture a visual significance that will somehow match the mood of the music.'

Venue details

Pallant House Gallery 9 North Pallant, Chichester West Sussex PO19 1TJ 01243 774557

Entry details

Reduced price entry with National Art Pass – £5.50 (standard admission £9)

Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Thur, 10am – 8pm
Sun and Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm
Closed Mon except Bank Holidays

Call 01243 774557 or visit the gallery's website.

What the critics say


The artist's love affair with pop music is explored in this hugely enjoyable exhibition

  • Richard Cork
  • FT