Pop Goes the Bentley: the Legendary Sir Peter Blake Pimps a Ride


Words by: JPS for duncan quinn

If you’re interested in art and design but have never heard of Sir Peter Blake, we can only attribute it to a faulty education.

Blake is quite simply a living legend. Probably best known for creating the album art for a little trifle called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. He pioneered Pop Art in the UK and also worked with the likes of The Who, Paul Weller and Brian Wilson, to name a few. He became a Royal Academician in 1981, a CBE in 1983, and was created a Knight Bachelor for services to art in 2002. His first major retrospective was held at the Tate in 1983.

His latest project is a real head-turner – creating a one-of-a-kind Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible, which will be auctioned for charity by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 24. The snazzy motor features a St. James Red heart motif hand painted onto a Continental Yellow bonnet, with a British Racing Green lower body, a St. Luke’s Blue background and fuchsia pink radiator shell. Inside each seat is trimmed in a different hide color: Cumbrian Green, Imperial Blue, Newmarket Tan and Hotspur. The same colors are echoed on the sports steering wheel, featuring a Hotspur outer rim, Newmarket Tan inner rim and Cumbrian Green centre, with Imperial Blue stitching. Talk about a rolling work of art…

Words by JPS for duncan quinn