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Sir Peter Blake, known to many as the father of Bristish Pop Art, has created a new series of prints, entitled ‘The Oslo Suite’, inspired by his experience of the Norwegian City. ‘The Oslo Suite’ opened at Stolper + Friends on June 7 and it is running through July 1.

The pioneer of British Pop Art has finally arrived to Norway! Sir Peter Blake covers the entire ‘Shed 13′ on Tjuvholmen with his Pop Art icons and the exhibition ‘The Oslo Suite’ at Stolper + Friends Gallery. 

I was honoured to be present when this great artist had a pre-opening at Stolper + Friends Wednesday night, it was a dream come true, were the reality is better than any dream!

One of Peter Blake’s most iconic works is the album cover of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 1967. And in the late 20th century, Blake helped define the British Pop Art scene and has exhibited at the world’s leading museums and galleries.

‘The Oslo Suite’ is Blake’s first solo exhibition in Norway, where he shows ten new, custom-made works inspired by Norwegian landmarks and iconic Norwegians. Among them are Fridtjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen, Sonia Henie, Edvard Munch – and a-ha. The Norwegian flag is also incorporated in one of his designs.

I must admit it, my favourite in this exceptionally exhibition is the Sonia Henie piece.  Sir Richard Blake has captured her smile and the artistic brilliancy of our proud national treasure, and projected her to greater light on an ice ring of sparkling silver. The star is dancing on stars!

The other works are great as well, the king Haakon VII on ski, is looking out in the gallery Stolper + Friends and he had a great view into the amazed crowd of invitees Wednesday night.   

The fact that Blake has incorporated  a-ha among the ten works, explains once again that the Norwegian group was greater than we all remember.  “Blake is the greatest living pop art artist, with an incredible track record,” Magne Furuholmen explains to the newspaper Aftenposten. “He has included a-ha in a series of historic – or iconic – Norwegians. This is part of his found-art series and his focus on fame and historical importance,” Magne says. “It is an amazing thing to be included in his oevre.”

The a-ha photo chosen for the exhibition was taken by Norwegian photographer Janne Møller-Hansen, who traveled with a-ha during their first world tour in 1986-1987. Many of you will remember that Janne had a photo exhibition in Oslo in December 2010, coinciding with a-ha’s final concerts.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Blake will provide the city with giant ‘Icons For Norway’. The 1200 square meter images cover the entire facade of the ‘Shed 13′ and are the artist’s largest works ever.

The project is a collaboration between The ThiefTjuvholmen and Stolper + Friends.

This article is also published on my site : www.passionforart.net