Sir Peter Blake, CBE, RA (born Dartford, 1932) is a well-known English ‘Pop Artist’. He studied art at the Royal College of Art in London, graduating in 1956. After winning the Leverhulme Research Award to study popular art his studies took him to Belgium, France, Italy and Spain. On his return home his work evolved towards collages of well-known musicians, film stars and other personalities of the period. He taught art during the 1960s/1970s at St. Martins School of Art, Harrow School of Art, Walthamstow School of Art and the Royal College of Art. In 1975 he left London for the West Country where he helped form the Brotherhood of Ruralists in 1975. In 1979 he moved to Chiswick and was elected RA in 1983, created CBE 1983, and knighted in 2002 for his services to art. He is widely regarded as the ‘Godfather of British Pop’.