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NEW: ‘Dazzle Disc’ by Peter Blake.

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Dazzle Disc (2016)

Peter Blake

Silkscreen print on paper with UV glaze

Edition size: 100

Paper size: 81 x 72 cm

Published by CCA Galleries

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Dazzle Disc references Blake’s early work as well as his recent exploration of the ‘dazzle’ effect, which was originally a method of helping vessels avoid enemy detection in World War One.

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In 2015 Blake was commissioned to ‘dazzle’ a Mersey Ferry, the result was ‘Everybody Razzle Dazzle’ and the print it inspired ‘Dazzle’. The choice of a circular format for this new work has multiple resonances; the most obvious being that of a vinyl record, but also a badge, a film reel, a rose window.  

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His choice of the word ‘disc’ is certainly suggestive of the influence music and musicians have had throughout his career.  The composition was originally created as a stained glass window for installation at Worton Hall Studios (the printmaking centre in London where Blake has his own studio space). Blake has also made a small and large version stained glass edition, now available to order from our website:

Dazzle Disc Stained Glass (small)
Edition size: 20
Dimension: 60cm
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Dazzle Disc Stained Glass (large)
Edition size: 10
Dimension: 1 metre
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The silkscreen version retains the feeling of a pop art rose window, whilst also being reminiscent of a badge; another recurring motif in Blake’s work. Indeed a badge version of the image exists, made to promote the opening of the studio for which Dazzle Disc has become something of an emblem.

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The studio building formerly housed Isleworth Film Studios; a hub for the great directors and film stars of the past. This fact may also have underpinned Blake’s choice of a tondo format, echoing the shape of a film reel and simultaneously inferring constant change.

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