Sir Pete Blake has had a long and incredibly successful career, but at the grand age of 78 he confirmed in today’s news that his proudest moment was not the iconic design of The Beatles' 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album cover, but is actually still his win of the junior John Moores prize.
Blake won the competition with his entry 'Self-portrait with Badges', now in the Tate collection, while a young tutor at St. Martin's College in 1961.
He returned to the prize as a judge along with Tracey Emin, Jason Brooks, Andrea Rose and Ann Bukantas in 2006.
The John Moores Painting Prize continues to go from strength to strength and this year attracted a record number of visitors to the Walker Art Gallery: 51,555. Our most popular John Moores exhibition to date!