Sir Peter Blake

Everybody Razzle Dazzle, 2015
36 x 48cm
Photo credit: Mark McNulty

Liverpool Biennial is delighted to introduce this special photograph of Sir Peter Blake’s Dazzle Ferry commission, Everybody Razzle Dazzle. Sir Peter’s distinctive design in monochrome and colour has transformed the Mersey Ferry, Snowdrop, into a unique moving artwork, as the vessel continues its service.

Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, 14-18 NOW and Tate Liverpool, Everybody Razzle Dazzle takes inspiration from the dazzle camouflage technique of the First World War. Dazzle works not by concealing but baffling the eye, making it difficult to estimate a target’s range, speed and direction. Realised in monochrome and colour, each ship’s dazzle pattern was unique in order to avoid making classes of ships instantly recognisable to enemy U-boats and aircraft.This is the third in the series of Dazzle Ship commissions and the first to be a working vessel.

Sir Peter Blake (b. 1932) is a leading figure in the development of British pop art and his work is synonymous with the use of imagery from modern culture, including comic books, consumer goods and advertisements. During his career he developed strong links with Liverpool and first visited the city during his National Service with the RAF (1951 – 53). His training required that he travel to Belfast, so he sailed by ferry from Liverpool’s iconic waterfront. Highly evocative of Sir Peter’s signature pop art style, the design is based on his use of and interest in colour, monochrome and shape.