Recommended by Nick Carver – Marketing Manager

  • THE COKE SIDE OF LIFE
  • Sir Peter Blake
  • 2007
  • Mural

The Father of The Pop Art movement in Britain, Sir Peter Blake is probably best known for his ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album cover for The Beatles. He continues to pursue his love of pop art, and his prolific fine art career ensures regular exhibitions and retrospectives at The National Gallery. He received a knighthood from the Queen in recognition of his achievements.

In August 2007, Blake was commissioned by Coca-Cola UK to create this stunning piece of pop art on London’s SouthBank to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the iconic Coke bottle in a project entitled: “Summer on the Coke Side of Life”.

The work is typically Blake: shapes of bold, block colours act as a backdrop to an eclectic collage made up of vintage illustrative figures and icons of popular culture. I am always drawn to collages, bold colours, animation, mid-century style, humour and quirkiness – so the work of Peter Blake appeals to me from all angles!