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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Last chance to visit Peter Blake retrospective

30th November 2012

The popular retrospective look back at Peter Blake's work in London ends in just over a fortnight and is the first to be held in over five years.

London's Waddington Custor Galleries is hosting the event until December 15th, so art fans staying in central London hotels need to ensure they visit the exhibition soon.

Entitled Rock, Paper, Scissors, the show looks back at the British artist's work over the past six decades and features some of his most iconic pieces in addition to a selection of new works.

A review of the show by Florence Waters in the Guardian, explained: "Blake's work, at its best, has always had a melancholic tinge to it. Some of his early 1956 collages, also in this show, feature silver paper of the sort that used to wrap Kit-Kats, next to torn crepe, worn card, stained canvas, and yellowed newspaper. "

One of the most recent pieces on display in the London gallery is Blake's Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.  The Radio Times specially commissioned the artist to produce the work for the cover of its Diamond Jubilee issue in summer.

Visitors will also be able to see a current work in progress by Blake. Started in 1963, he has been working on the large six-foot wide canvas but has never been completely satisfied with the outcome.

Waddington Custor Galleries have produced a special catalogue to accompany the retrospective, which has a cover designed by Blake as well as an essay by Marco Livingstone.

The gallery is close to Piccadilly Circus, Green Park and Bond Street London Underground stations and is open from Monday to Saturday. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge.

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