In the centenary year of his birth, the most famous work of Dylan Thomas has been depicted by British pop artist Sir Peter Blake.
The artist behind the Beatle’s famous Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover has turned his artistic skills to arguably the most well-known work of Wales’s most famous son.
Llareggub: Peter Blake Illustrates Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood will show at Oriel y Parc Landscape Gallery and Visitor Centre in St Davids, Wales, until 23 September 2014.
Speaking about the exhibition in which characters, dream sequences and topical scenes and locations from the play will be brought to life in his unique style, Sir Peter Blake said: “I was first aware of Under Milk Wood while studying at the Royal College of Art.
“The Welsh students at the college picked up on the play immediately. As soon as I decided to illustrate Under Milk Wood, I researched it, read it and listened to it again and again.
“I’ve always treated it as a separate piece of work. I work on Under Milk Wood at home in the evening. It’s almost like a ‘separate me’ doing it.”
Blake said he has been working on the project for 25 years.
The St Davids venue, home of Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales in Pembrokeshire, sits between Laugharne – the beloved home where Dylan Thomas wrote Under Milk Wood – and Fishguard, where the film of the book was shot in 1972.
Tegryn Jones, chief executive of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, which owns and manages Oriel y Parc, said: “It feels very fitting that this outstanding exhibition should come to us at Oriel y Parc, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.
“We hope people will take the opportunity to see this extraordinary collection of work by Sir Peter Blake in the heart of the west Wales landscape, which inspired Dylan Thomas and so many other cultural greats.”
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