1. Sir Peter
2. Bart & Homer
3. Visitors' Map
4. Small News
1. Sir Peter Blake
Coombe Gallery is delighted to announce a new
exhibition of Sir Peter Blake’s latest limited
edition signed silkscreen prints to be shown
alongside iconic signed silkscreen prints from
recent decades. In a real coup for Devon-based fans
of Peter Blake’s work we are also very pleased to
announce that Sir Peter will be attending the
private view to open the exhibition in August. We
are exhibiting rare early silkscreen prints from his
Madonna on Venice Beach series so we will have a
great range of works highlighting Sir Peter’s work
over the years. This is a great opportunity to
invest in the quintessential British Pop Artist and
secure a piece of British Art History.
Sir Peter Blake, hailed as the Godfather of British
Pop Art, has an illustrious career that spans six
decades. Knighted in 2002, an honorary doctor of the
Royal College of Art, and with his work represented
in major collections throughout the world, Sir Peter
Blake truly is a grandee of British Art. His
work crosses all generational divides, and inspires
great respect from younger artists such as Damien
Hirst, Gavin Turk, Pure Evil and Tracey Emin.
His work reflects his fascination
with all streams of popular culture, and the beauty to be found
in everyday objects and surroundings. Many of his works feature
found printed materials such as photographs, comic strips or
advertising texts, combined with bold geometric patterns and the
use of primary colours. The works perfectly capture the
effervescent and optimistic ethos of the sixties, but are also
strikingly fresh and contemporary. There is also a strain of
sentimentality and nostalgia running throughout his work, with
particular focus towards childhood innocence and reminiscence.
Blake is renowned for his connection with the music industry,
having produced iconic album covers for the Beatles (Most
famously Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), The Who, Paul
Weller and Oasis.
As well as his painting and collage work, Sir Peter Blake is
known for his printmaking, which has become a mainstay of his
creative output. New series are published each year and in 2010
his ‘I Love You’ a collage style text work with diamond dust
finishing have already become rare collector’s pieces.
Sir Peter Blake is one of a few living artists to have been
honoured with several retrospective exhibitions in public
spaces. Key exhibitions include the major retrospective Now We
Are 64 at the National Gallery in London in 1996, as well as at
Tate Liverpool in 2000. Still incredibly active and working
across many genres, most recently Sir Peter has been
commissioned to paint a canvas of St. Martin for the Knights
Chapel in St. Paul’s Cathedral – the first new artist to be
included in several hundred years. Coombe Gallery, 20 Foss
Street, Dartmouth, August 13th To September 10th 2011
Doh! Bart & Homer Simpson
Tuesday 9th August – Doh!
Bart & Homer Simpson are coming all the way from Springfield
for one day only to visit all their fans in Dartmouth. They
will be making personal appearances at various intervals in
Woodlands Leisure Park throughout the day.
Don’t miss your chance to see
Bart & Homer.
Click here for more.
This is a free event
included in the admission charge to Woodlands Park. Also see
Emazdad the Magician & Balloon Modeller
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
Don't Get Lost in Dartmouth without it!
To help visitors, and maybe some
residents locate Dartmouth's great range of local shops,
cafes, restaurants and pubs, 'By The Dart' has recently
published the By The Dart 2011 Visitor Map. All local
retailers, restaurants etc have been keyed, numbered and
colour coded in an easy to use and comprehensive map,
printed on A2 paper. Even the new market shops are on
15,000 free copies of the map
are being distributed presently around the town and in local
villages in shops, pubs, restaurants, campsites, marinas,
The Flavel, local hotels and guest houses and from the By
The Dart offices in Hauley Road. Contact their offices for
details on where to get your copy - 01803 835740
5. Small News
Rod Lomax reports:
My wife and I have holidayed in the South Hams for the
last 10 years or so, initially in Salcombe and more
recently in Dartmouth and consider the area to be
fantastic. I came across your website about 3 years ago
and would like to say that it's just great. There's
hardly a day goes by when I don't check out the webcam
to see what is happening in our favourite part of the
As a person involved in public relations most of my life
and more recently with web site design, I think your
site is excellent - please keep up the good work. We
will be down in Dartmouth again in early September -
perhaps you could arrange the usual late summer sunshine
This Saturday 6
August from 10am, don't miss the St Petrox Summer Fayre
in the Royal Avenue Gardens from 10.00am.
Secondhand books, bric a brac and refreshments.
All profits towards buying a new pipe organ for St
Dittisham Regatta this Saturday!
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