'Hope (Diamond Dust)' - A signed limited edition 14 colour silkscreen print with diamond dust, gold leaf, silver leaf, embossing and glazes by British pop artist Sir Peter Blake. Also available as a non-diamond dust edition.
Blake uses collaged letters taken from different sources to spell out one of the most important words in the English language: HOPE. These works reflect a sentiment and warmth that is inherent throughout the artist's work. His use of mismatching letters from different sources is a classic motif in his oeuvre, reflecting his love of collage and collecting, as well as the influence of artists such as Jack Pierson. The use of 'found letters' or commercial lettering in his work is something that Blake adopted in the 1950s; allying himself with decorators, sign painters and commercial artists rather than the fine art establishment: declaring himself a 'pop' artist.
Whilst studying Art at Gravesend Technical College (1949-51) Blake was given a thorough grounding in a wide range of crafts including Roman lettering, hand lettering, typography and typesetting. This training has seeped into his work throughout his career with text often being an integral- or the only- element of a piece.