Conflicted is a body of work which is both stimulating and thought provoking. These paintings represent landscapes where conflicts have taken place. They are “soundless”, but the silence itself is full of imagined noises. “Desolation” and the aftermath of conflict are the areas that interest Pippa. Her work is not only about the physical outer landscape that we see, but also the inner landscape of our minds.
Pippa says of this upcoming exhibition:
the subject matter is derived from landscape, with or without figures, used metaphorically to express and evoke emotion, feeling, atmosphere and mood. Within this scope, memory, personal experience, prose and poetry are used to inform the paintings. I strive always to simplify the image, to distil and pare it down to reveal the essence.
Art, like the ocean has always been a part of Pippa Blake’s life. In 1976 Pippa graduated BA Hons Fine Art (First Class) from Camberwell School of Art, London. She then met and married Peter Blake and travelled the world extensively with him and their two children for the next twenty-two years, leaving her love of art “on hold”.
After Sir Peter’s tragic death in December 2001, Pippa began painting again with a fullhearted commitment. This journey has not only been a personally restorative one, but it has resulted in Pippa establishing herself as a successful artist, exhibiting regularly in Sussex and London. Her worldwide appeal is strengthened by the dramatic paintings that she creates.
In England Pippa lives and works from her studio on the coast near Portsmouth, Hampshire. New Zealand however still plays an important part in her life. In November last year she was here for the launch of her successful book ‘Journey’ commemorating the ten year anniversary of Sir Peter’s death and then again just last month, to celebrate her son James completing his feat of rowing the Tasman.