= The Crawford Arts Review: Three more days of Peter Blake's 'Portraits and People' at Waddington Custot

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Three more days of Peter Blake's 'Portraits and People' at Waddington Custot

Cork Street, birthplace of London's world of private art galleries, is undergoing some changes so you may have to negotiate some hardhats and hoardings to get to the galleries. At No. 11 you will find the venerable and much loved Waddington Custot.

The Gallery is filled with the work of Sir Peter Blake. Blake was represented by Leslie Waddington from the early 1960s onwards until that gracious dealer's sad death in November 2015. This exhibition is dedicated to his memory.

From Pop Culture to Portraiture: it's not a bad reach for any artist. And Blake is endearingly modest. His portrait 'after Hans Holbein the Younger' (left) carries the legend 'work in progress'. 

On show are new works and works never previously exhibited, including loans from private collections. 

Put together with celebs, circus performers, wrestlers and what the catalogue calls 'heavily inked people' - plus an 'Elvis Shrine' - it's quite a show.

Highlights are two immensely impressive portraits of Her Majesty the Queen, painted in 2002 (profile) and a decade later in 2012 (full face). Both portraits shine with the artist's respect for his subject, his artistry and his way of using watercolour and the white of paper to capture the light.

Until Saturday 30 January
Waddington Custot Galleries
11 Cork Street
London W1
Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm
Saturday, 10am to 1.30pm

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