When Ian Dury was an art student he was taught by the
eminent British artist Peter Blake and they became firm
friends. Ian went on to pursue a career in music, first of
all with an eclectic bunch of musicians called Kilburn and
High Roads, and then as front man for the hugely successful
Ian Dury and The Blockheads. When asked why he did not
pursue a career in art, he said, "I got good enough at art
to realise I wasn't going to be very good."
Peter Blake and Ian maintained their friendship until Ian's
death in 2000. In memory of Ian, Peter created a portrait
that was used on the cover of the 2001's tribute album
'Brand New Boots and Panties' which featured Paul McCartney
and Robbie Williams amongst others.