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Peter Blake

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I say to people I'm in my late period. Obviously, as you get older you're in your late period anyway, but to decide you are becomes a concept. It's related to the concept of my retirement, which was about the fact that I'd shown at the greatest gallery in the world and I'd never top that... So, I retired from the jealousy of other artists, and ambition. I could alternatively have become a Buddhist or something ó it is a kind of beatific state.
Serena Davies, "In the studio:Peter Blake, The Daily Telegraph, 2005-12-13
The "greatest gallery" refers to the National Gallery in London, where he was the associate artist in 1996.

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