Sir Peter Thomas Blake was born in 1932 in Datford, Kent. He is a British painter, sculptor, illustrator and printmaker. Considered a pioneer of the Pop Art, he is best known for co-creating with the artist Jann Haworth the sleeve design for the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
He attended the Gravesend School of Art, where he studied Graphic Art, and then moved to the Royal College of Art in London, where he graduated in 1956. In these years the elements of the pop culture such as comic books, posters, advertising, music, magazines and cinema began to appear in his works. Between 1955 and 1957, Blake created On the balcony, one of his most important works that became an iconic piece of British Pop Art. After receiving the Leverhulme Research Award to study popular art, he traveled extensively throughout Europe. Upon his return to London, he continued his artistic research on the icons of the mass media, creating homages to stars like Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Elvis Presley and Jayne Mansfield.