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SIR PETER BLAKE | 'Fag Packets' Screenprints
July 15th 2016
Peter Blake’s ‘Fag Packets’ series sees the legendary British artist turn vintage cigarette boxes into works of art by recreating their intricate and retro designs as high quality, large scale silkscreen editions. Read more about the works below.

In 2004 and 2005, Eyestorm worked closely with Godfather of British Pop Art Sir Peter Blake to create a series of screenprints called ‘Fag Packets’. Little did we know at the time that they would become some of his most collectable and recognisable limited editions, frequently trading on the secondary market after selling out shortly after their release.

We remember being at Coriander Print Studio with Peter and the team of printmakers during initial talks about the new editions. As anyone who is familiar with Peter’s work may guess, Peter loves collecting and his studio is packed with boxes full of objects from the past that he’s saved over the years. Recognised as a frontrunner of the British Pop Art movement which originated in the late 1950s, Blake takes everyday objects that are often considered insignificant, and makes them the subject of his art, giving them another life and encouraging viewers of his work to consider them in a completely different context.

Looking through the old cigarette boxes and flattening them out on the print studio floor, we knew they were a fantastic basis for the new screenprints. The simple retro designs were perfect for transforming into works of art through the screenprinting process, the folds and tears all adding to the authenticity of Peter’s concept. This element of recording all the ‘imperfections’ is an important one, as it shows the work was made from the packets themselves and not just inspired by their designs. Each crumpled corner and edge of the packaging tells a story, provoking thoughts about how these imperfections came about; whose pockets did they live in, whose handbag? In my mind it’s the French woman from the Fag Packets (Belga) box, perfectly turned out in 1920’s haute couture.

Whether you’re familiar with these iconic designs or not, the Fag Packets works epitomize 20th century branding, and this together with the fact that each one is a multiple of 95 printed by one of the leading screenprinting studios in the UK, provides an excellent example of collectable Pop Art by one of the greatest living British artists.

We’re pleased to be able to offer Fag Packets (Boule), Fag Packets (VISA), Fag Packets (Fifth Avenue), Fag Packets (Gauloise), Fag Packets (Belga), and the highly sought-after and rarely available Fag Packets (La Ronde), which features the fantastic logo and ‘merry-go-round’ illustration. Each is available from private collectors for £2500.00 each.

See all available works on Peter Blake’s artist’s page here.
ANGIE DAVEY
Creative Director
 
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