‘The Junkyard Dog’ is a signed silkscreen print with glazes by Peter Blake from a limited edition of 75.
This animated portrait show us ‘The Junkyard Dog’, a character adorned in vibrant tattoos of religious imagery amongst other things. With a scarred face and a bald head this character seems like he should be intimidating, but the kindness in his eyes says otherwise.
As a long term fan of wrestling, this signed limited edition from Peter Blake is a very personal piece. He says of his work;
'I loved it immediately. I loved the theatre, the fantasy and the idea of good versus evil. I was once asked what I would do if I hadn't been a painter, and after deep thought I decided I would have been a professional wrestler. My wrestlers are fictitious portraits; fictitious wrestlers- they all have different names.'
Peter Blake painted his first series of wrestlers in 1961, inventing each wrestler a heroic personal history. This image is from a new series created by Peter Blake for an Autumn 2015 exhibition ‘Portraits and People’.