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Artist Sir Peter Blake receives the City of Liverpool Citizen of Honour award from Lord Mayor Councillor Roz Gladden as the artist was in the city to celebrate a two-year extension of his Dazzle Ferry artwork, which was originally commissioned in 2015 by Liverpool Biennial, 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Tate Liverpool, and will now stay on the Mersey until 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 23, 2017. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Iconic pop artist Sir Peter Blake has been honoured by the City of Liverpool.
Sir Peter, one of the major figures of British pop art who famously created the album cover for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album, has been made a Citizen of Honour on Sunday.
Sir Peter received the award on the day he celebrated the two-year extension of Everybody Razzle Dazzle, his iconic artwork for the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop, which returns to service after planned maintenance work.
Sir Peter has a long history with Liverpool, winning the John Moores Painting Prize in 1961 and becoming the first patron of the UK’s best-known painting competition in 2012. He also reprised his iconic Sgt. Pepper image with famous figures from Liverpool’s history as a centrepiece of the city’s Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Roz Gladden, said: “I was delighted to present this honour to Sir Peter Blake.
“Sir Peter has helped shape Liverpool’s cultural significance on the global stage for more than five decades – from Sgt. Pepper to Everybody Razzle Dazzle.
“His work with The Beatles was one of the seminal moments in popular art in the 20th century and 50 years on still resonates around the world as we will see with our 50 Summers of Love programme.
“That work alone is worthy of celebration but the fact that he has continued to make outstanding contributions to the cultural life of the city underlines the depth of feeling he has for Liverpool and the city has for him.”
Sir Peter Blake said: “I’m delighted to be given the Citizen of Honour Award. As well as my music links with the city, I’m proud of my association with Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool and hope to continue my relationship with the city.
“I treasure the warmth and good humour of the people of Liverpool and hope they will accept me as an ‘Honorary Scouser’.”