Sir Peter Blake: Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood prints and watercolours
21 November - 31 January 2016
Dylan Thomas's ground breaking 1954 'play for voices' Under Milk Wood has long echoed in the imagination of the founding father of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake.
Dylan Thomas' play is an emotive and hilarious account of a spring day in the fictional Welsh seaside village of Llareggub. We learn of the inhabitants' dreams, desires, their loves and regrets.
Sir Peter Blake was a student at the Royal College of Art when he heard Under Milk Wood on BBC radio in 1954.
In the 1970s he became aware of Dylan Thomas’s play as a source of inspiration for making art.
In 1986 Blake planned to illustrate a book and visited Laugharne, the Welsh fishing village where Thomas, his wife and family had lived, and he started making drawings.
The Sailors' Arms by Peter Blake
This Mercer exhibition includes a selection of Sir Peter Blake's Under
Milk Wood prints and artists' books produced by Enitharmon Editions of London, featuring the artist's work.
This exhibition has been kindly lent by Sir Peter Blake with thanks also to
Stephen Stuart-Smith of Enitharmon and the Fine Art curatorial
team at the National Museum Wales, the custodians of the work.
In Conversation with Sir Peter Blake
Monday 11th January at 1pm
Meet Sir Peter Blake, the founding father of British Pop Art and one of Britain’s best-loved artists at this exclusive event.
, art historian, writer and author of the definitive monograph Peter Blake: One Man Show, will interview Sir Peter about his life’s work of painting, collage, sculpture and prints and his exhibition Sir Peter Blake: Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood
prints and watercolours which is at the Mercer Art Gallery until the end of January 2016.
Dreams of Harems. Babies. Nothing.
Sir Peter Blake became fascinated with Under Milk Wood as a student and has long been creating watercolours, drawings and collages inspired by the characters in Dylan Thomas’s extraordinary play.
After the interview there will be refreshments and your chance to explore the exhibition in the presence of the artist.
Cost: £12 per personMercer Art Gallery
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