John BLAKE (1945 - 2017)

John Blake (b. 1945, Providence, Rhode Island, USA; d. 2017, Laren, Netherlands) studied painting at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and at Yale University (Norfolk Program), receiving his BFA in 1967. He then continued his MA studies in London at the Royal College of Art in 1969. Since that time he has remained living and working primarily in Europe, first based in London, then - since the mid-80s - in the Netherlands. Blake's practice consists primarily of mixed-media work and encompasses site-specific installations, photo-constructions, drawing and sculpture, slide-projections and films.


His work has been represented in various group shows internationally, and solo exhibitions and projects have included, among others: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1972; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 1973; PS1 (Institute for Art & Urban Resources) NYC, 1977; ICA, London, 1980; Matt's Gallery, London, 1980/1988; de Vleeshal, Middelburg NL, 1983; de Appel, Amsterdam NL, 1986; Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw PL, 1993; Kunstbunker Tumulka, Munich D, 1996 among others.