One of the most prominent British pop art figures and celebrated car manufacturer Bentley joined forces to create a one-of-a-kind luxury vehicle, to the joy of art lovers and car enthusiasts around the globe. The unique automobile was donated by Bentley and decorated by Sir Peter Blake as part of a charitable Bentley By Blake campaign. This unique pop art Bentley convertible will be sold at Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale and all the proceeds from the sale will be donated to Care2Save Charitable Trust, an organization that aims to build a sustainable and affordable hospice and palliative care models in various countries worldwide. A special series of unique Peter Bentley's prints will be sold at the auction as well.
The artist who has been the pillar of the British pop art scene for decades, Peter Blake has decorated both the exterior and the interior of the luxury Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible. The entire vehicle was first painted with a special shade of blue dubbed St Luke's Blue, a color which name is an homage to Bentley's local St Luke's Cheshire Hospice. On the front of the blue vehicle, the artist hand-painted one of his most recognizable motifs, a red heart created on the yellow surface that makes it pop. The heart is a symbol of a nurture and care that the hospice provides. But the artist's exquisite handiwork isn't limited to the Bentley's facade only.
The interior of the car is also embellished by the artist who has chosen a special color for each car seat, that accompanies the tones on the car's body shell. The colors are called Cumbrian Green, Imperial Blue, Newmarket Tan, and Hotspur, and they are also applied on the car's sports steering wheel. And as every other work of art, the automobile is signed by the artist and the signature is inserted into every head rest and on the passenger's dashboard. And to top it all off, Peter Blake has even added a plate that states "Sir Peter Blake design, No. 1 of 1" thus labeling the car as an one-of-a-kind piece. The prominent artist has also chosen a special playlist composed of his favorite tracks that will accompany the unique car. In a press release about the upcoming auction Sir Peter Blake said : "I am proud to have been involved with transforming this beautiful car, and have enormous admiration for the people at Bentley who brought my design into being, to produce this one-off lovely car."
Peter Blake is a pop artist best known for creating the iconic sleeve design for Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Just like the Bentley he embellished, many of his paintings have a string of vibrant colors and a feel of collage although they are in fact, completely hand painted. Apart from the world’s first pop art Bentley, the artist also produced a series of 75 prints inspired by this vehicle. This unique luxury car and Peter Blake's colorful prints will be sold at an auction at Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 24th, 2016 and all the proceeds will be donated to Care2Save Charitable Trust, a unique initiative that helps the establishing of worldwide network of institutions that provide care for patients with terminal and chronic illnesses. Peter Blake's Bentley is one of two cars donated for the project. The other Bentley is donated as a part of Bentley By Me campaign that provides everyone who donate a sum as low as £1 with the chance to win a Bentley at a lottery. The lucky winner will also have the opportunity to customize their new vehicle by choosing the colors and the design of their car.
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Step deeper into the colorful world of Peter Blake with this charming ABC publication. The book is composed of the extensive collection of objects and ephemera Peter Blake has gathered in his studio during his long career. British artist Peter Blake has an eye for the quirky and the overlooked. Designed in close collaboration with the artist, Peter Blake’s ABC displays the strong graphic sensibility and the love of popular culture for which he is renowned around the globe. This charming book that follows the work of one of the best British pop artists will delight young and old alike.
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