Peter Kennard is widely regarded as one of the most important political artists of our times. Starting out as a painter in the 60s, he quickly moved into photomontage with the aim of making more powerful statements on the issues he felt strongly about, which he hoped would appeal to a wider audience.
Some of Kennard’s most famous artworks include his reimagining of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament symbol with a broken missile going through it, and a collaborative piece with fellow political artist Cat Phillips that sees former Prime Minister Tony Blair grinning while taking a selfie against a backdrop of smoke and flames, which was created in protest against the Iraq War.
As Kennard puts on a retrospective exhibition of his work to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the CND at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, he talks to CR about his life and work.
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