Pippa Blake was born in Portsmouth, England in 1954, and studied Fine Art (Painting) at Camberwell College of Art, London from 1972 to 1976. During this time she became concerned with abstraction, the physical nature of paint and the tensions/dualities created between light and dark, horizontals and verticals, shape and line.
For twenty-two years Pippa travelled the world with her late husband Sir Peter Blake, the yachtsman and environmentalist, and their two children. After the untimely death of Peter, Pippa revisited her fine art training and practice with full-hearted commitment.
Pippa says of her paintings: ‘My subject matter is landscape based used metaphorically expressing emotion, feeling, atmosphere and mood. Within this scope I use memory and experience, prose and poetry to inform the work. “My main concern is to explore the relationships between man-made and industrial elements set against natural forms in the landscape.’
In 2005 she graduated from the Visual Arts Programme, West Dean College, Sussex with a Postgraduate Diploma (Distinction). In March 2010 Pippa exhibited a body of work for the first time in New Zealand, in collaboration with Louis Vuitton. The successful exhibition was a partner event for the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta.