Patrick Caulfield

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Patrick Caulfield, CBE (30 January 1936 – 29 September 2005) was a British painter and printmaker known for his bold pop art canvases.

Caulfield studied at the Chelsea School of Art in the late 1950s, and at the Royal College of Art from 1960 to 1963, where his fellow pupils included David Hockney and R.B Kitaj. After he left he returned to Chelsea as a teacher.

In 1964 he exhibited at the New Generation show at London”s Whitechapel Gallery, which resulted in him being associated with pop art. He has taken part in many solo and group exhibitions both in Britain and internationally. Important group exhibitions in which he participated were at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (1987), and ‘Pop Art’, also at the Royal Academy of Arts; touring to Museum Ludwig, Cologne and Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (1991–92). Retrospectives of his work have been held at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, touring to the Tate Gallery, London (1981) and at the Serpentine Gallery, London (1992–93). A major retrospective of his paintings, organised by the British Council, was shown at the Hayward Gallery, London, in 1999, and subsequently toured to the Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art, Luxembourg, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut (1999–2000).

Caulfield’s paintings are figurative, often portraying a few simple objects in an interior. His pictures combine levels of illustrative expression found in comics with a naive pictorial language, in which personal, social, political and artistic images meet. He has a predilection for referring to work by the Old Masters.

Typically, he uses flat areas of simple colour surrounded by black outlines. Some of his works are dominated by a single hue.

From around the mid-1970s he began to incorporate more detailed, realistic elements into his work, After Lunch (1975) being one of the first examples. Still-life: Autumn Fashion (1978) contains a variety of different styles–some objects have heavy black outlines and flat colour, but a bowl of oysters is depicted more realistically, and other areas are executed with looser brushwork. Caulfield later returned to his earlier, more stripped-down, style.

In 1987 Caulfield was nominated for the Turner Prize and in 1996 he was made a CBE

The artist died in September 2005, in London.

 

 

 

Ah! This Life is so Everyday

Screenprint. From The Poems of Jules Laforgue. Edition 200. Date 1972

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I’ll Take my Life Monotonous

Screenprint. From the Poems of Jules Laforgue. Edition 200. Date 1972.

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My Life Inspires so many Desires

Screenprint. From The Poems of Jules Laforgue. Edition 200. Date 1972.

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And with my Eyes bolting toward the Unconscious

Screenprint. From The Poems of Jules Laforgue. Edition 200. Date 1972.

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You’ll be sick if you spend all your time indoors

Screenprint. From The Poems of Jules Laforgue. Edition 200. Date 1972.

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She’ll have forgotten her scarf

Screenprint. From The Poems of Jules Laforgue. Edition 200. Date 1972.

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