More than 70 guests gathered at the artist’s namesake Blakes Restaurant, located in the heart of the award-winning hotel which was acquired by the global travel giant last summer, to witness the unveiling of his limited edition print.
Sir Peter Blake is internationally renowned for his famous works including the design of The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover in 1967.
Senior Vice President Operations for Millennium Hotels & Resorts in Europe, Clive Harrington said: “We are thrilled to welcome Sir Peter Blake to the hotel, and the restaurant named after him. Sir Peter’s links with The Beatles date back to his Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover design, and so it’s rewarding to combine the hotel’s inimitable Beatles legacy with his current work. We are proud to join forces with Liverpool Biennial to continue supporting the cultural diversity of the city of Liverpool.”
Located on North John Street, Hard Days Night Hotel became Millennium Hotels & Resorts’ 24th property within Europe in August 2015. The ‘Fab Four’-star hotel situated within close proximity to the world famous Cavern Club, where The Beatles performed more than 290 times, boasts 110 guest rooms and is renowned for its impressive interior and originality.
The latest in a series of limited editions by artists who have worked with Liverpool Biennial, Dazzle, 2016 relates to Blake’s 2015 commission, Everybody Razzle Dazzle, for which he transformed the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop into a moving artwork. It features a number of symbols that regularly appear in Blake's art: a star, a target and a rainbow.
Sir Peter Blake said: “It has been fascinating to explore the historic practice of dazzle camouflage painting. This new print references both my early work and my recent dazzle commission, and I am proud to help Liverpool Biennial continue its impressive record of working with artists to create ambitious and challenging new work.”
Sally Tallant, Director of Liverpool Biennial, said: “We are grateful to Sir Peter Blake for creating this incredible print for our Limited Editions series. It has been a great privilege to work with him on the dazzle ferry commission, which has become a much-loved icon for the city.”