Sir Peter Blake's artwork
In February 2005 Sir Peter Blake opened a unique gallery dedicated to his music artwork at the University of Leeds school of music. Included in the exclusive collection of landmark art are Sergeant Pepper, Band Aid, Live Aid, Stanley Road and other visual compositions for albums by Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson, Ian Dury et al., including, of course, Face Dances, for The Who.
So, as The Who returned to celebrate their Live At Leeds concert, The Who and Peter Blake took the opportunity to work together again, this time with mutual ties to the University of Leeds. The new Live at Leeds 2 artwork was created by Peter Blake, following his personal discussions with Pete Townshend. The artwork joins the Peter Blake Music Art Gallery, as will Peter Blake’s Live 8 design. Live Aid and Live 8 are events in which Peter and The Who both played a central part. The Live at Leeds 2 artwork is the subject of a commemorative limited edition fine art print publication, signed and numbered by Peter Blake.
The Sir Peter Blake Music Art Gallery was the initiative of Simon Warner from the University school of music and LUU Ents Secretary 1973/4, Pete Smith. Peter Blake and Pete Smith duly donated the entire gallery collection, which is on permanent loan to the University. They took the opportunity to work together again, with master printer, Brad Faine, to make possible the new celebratory Live At Leeds 2 icon artwork for the University and The Who.
"It's a masterpiece. Classic Peter Blake." - Pete Townshend