Sir Peter Blake Puts Love Behind the Wheel
Not many agencies can boast having a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire on their roster, but we’re always humbled to represent Sir Peter Blake. His work has inspired generations of artists and shifted entire movements, and includes some of the most recognizable compositions ever made. (You know that iconic cover of The Beatles’ “Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”? Yeah, that was him.) His work has covered billboards, double decker buses, and filled museums and books for decades, but this past year Peter brought his talents to Bentley where he created a bespoke, one of one Continental GT Convertible to benefit the amazing Care2Save Charitable Trust. Care2Save focuses on palliative and hospice care all around the world, and before they got started Peter was able to take lunch at a local center that operates thanks to Care2Save’s hard work. “I was happy to do it,” Peter says about the work. “We met the staff there and they obviously do a great job.” His work eventually earned £250,000 for the charity.
The car’s design is bold in its rich colors and gallant symbolism, something that Peter worked hard to get to, even if it looks simple. “I used all kinds of symbols like stars, a rainbow, a target, and we started off doing it like that and slowly refined it,” he explains. “I think sometimes if you take it down to the bare minimum it’s often the best solution. Quite often the first idea is the best solution and you can then elaborate on that and then you find that you come back to that and it’s the best idea in the first place.” At the end of it Peter stuck with the single heart to make the message very clear: this is about love and respect.
“There’s something about a big heart motif,” Peter says. “You’re implying love straight away and simply finding the message and getting your message straight across.”
Sir Peter Blake Recreates Sgt. Pepper's Cover for his 80th
Sir Peter Blake recreates his iconic illustration for the cover of The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band for his 80th birthday. The original was released in 1967 and featured the band posing in front of a collage of notable people including Marilyn Monroe, Bob Dylan, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Oscar Wilde, and Edgar Allan Poe. The updated cover includes David Bowie, Elton John, Elvis Costello, J.K. Rowling, Amy Winehouse, and more. The illustration is for a Blake retrospective at Wayne Hemingway's Vintage Festival in Northamptonshire, England in July. Blake chose people who have had an impact on British culture in the past six decades. He says, "I've chosen people I admire, great people and some who are dear friends."
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Sir Peter Blake Reworks the Polo for Fred Perry
Sir Peter Blake collaborates with British street fashion brand Fred Perry to rework the classic polo shirt. As part of the third installment of the brand's Blank Canvas series, Blake put a pop art spin on the shirt. He created three shirt styles, made and printed in England, which will have a numbered run of just 1000.
Blake used his signature strong colors and graphic symbols on the shirts. Rainbow and Union Jack patches are mixed with screen-printed icons like stars, hearts, and targets. The collaboration holds some nostalgia for Blake who wore the brand in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Of the collaboration he says, "fashion can be art and art can be fashionable."
The collection is available online now.
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The ANDY Awards and B&A Help Make it Right
On the closing night of the international ANDY Awards, a charity art auction was held with all of the proceeds benefiting Brad Pitt's Make it Right foundation. The foundation is dedicated to rebuilding lives and homes in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward with sustainable means. Bernstein & Andriulli artists generously donated many fine pieces of art for the auction.
The International ANDY Awards were established by The Advertising Club of New York, honoring creativity in advertising worldwide. The jury panel consists of internationally renowned creatives hailing from all types of backgrounds, including Shepard Fairey of Studio Number One and Vivian Rosenthal of Tronic Studio this year.
Make it Right was established by Brad Pitt when he toured New Orleans' two years post Hurricane Katrina and found that the Lower 9th Ward was still decimated. Its goal is to complete 150 homes, complete with native landscaping, micro-farms, rain gardens, and building new streets. Currently, 14 homes have been completed with another 19 under construction.
Works for sale included an original mixed media piece "Lotus Ornament" by Shepard Fairey, a rare, limited edition silkscreen of Sir Peter Blake's "Sgt Pepper's" Beatles album, and a photography print of Stephen Wilkes "T.V. in the Sand" from his time in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Wilkes "T.V. in the Sand" is part of a series that was for the World Monument Foundation.
Says Ty Montague, Chief Creative Officer, Co-President of JWT North America, and chairman of the 2010 ANDY Awards, "The amazing work provided by Bernstein & Andriulli artists was integral to the success of our charity auction benefiting the Make it Right Art Foundation."
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Full list of participating B&A artists below:
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Esther Pearl Watson
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Louisa St. Pierre
Sir Peter Blake