Patrick Caulfield, a British painter affiliated with the Pop Art movement, depicted everyday objects and interiors using a graphic, simplified style in both his paintings and prints. If you’re looking for original Patrick Caulfield prints and editions for sale or would like to sell, request a complimentary valuation and browse our network’s most in-demand works.
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Patrick Caulfield, born on January 29, 1936, in Acton, West London, was a distinguished British artist known for his strikingly bold and vibrantly coloured paintings. He was renowned for his unique style, which incorporated elements of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism, as well as his mastery of clean lines, bold shapes, and flattened perspectives.
Caulfield's interest in art began during his early years when he was a student at Acton Secondary Modern School. After completing his national service in the Royal Air Force, Caulfield enrolled at the Chelsea School of Art in 1956. It was here that he first experimented with various artistic styles and techniques, developing his signature approach to painting.
In 1960, Caulfield continued his studies at the Royal College of Art, where he was a contemporary of notable British artists such as David Hockney, Allen Jones, and R.B. Kitaj. During this period, Caulfield became increasingly influenced by the emerging pop art movement, as well as the work of minimalist artists such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.
Image © Sotheby’s / Foyer © Patrick Caulfield 1973
Having boasted a prestigious ownership history, including the revered English icon David Bowie, it's no surprise that Foyer (1973) is Patrick Caulfield's auction record. Foyer portrays an unoccupied interior, exuding a profound sense of solitude and loneliness through the absence of human presence. The vacant space is constructed from cubist, abstract blocks of vibrant colour, brought to life by black lines that meticulously define the room's contours and dimensions. While Foyer exhibits traces of pop art, it maintains a remarkable level of sophistication, purity, and tranquility that align with attributes of minimalism.
This work sold for £665,000 (including fees) during the momentous David Bowie collection auction at Sotheby's in November 2016. The association with David Bowie unquestionably adds an extra layer of allure and prestige to the artwork, significantly contributing to its exceptional performance in the art market.
Sweet Bowl © Patrick Caulfield 1966
Created in the mid-1960s, during the vibrant era of Pop Art, Sweet Bowl (1966) showcases a departure from the movement's typical focus on consumer culture and commodification. Instead, Patrick Caulfield directs his attention towards formalism. In this artwork, we see a restrained yet purposeful use of varying shades of blue, demonstrating Caulfield's deep understanding of colour balance and harmony. The sleek black lines, reminiscent of Keith Haring's signature style, outline a cropped table with a bowl filled with individually coloured candies. This transforms what may appear as a mundane scene into one of refined elegance and contemplation.
The popularity of this piece led to the production of an edition of 75 prints, that have made multiple appearances in the secondary market since its initial introduction in 2006. The original painting fetched £524,750 (including fees) at Sotheby's in October 2017, firmly establishing it as one of Caulfield's most successful and highly sought-after works.
Image © Christie’s / Sun Lounge © Patrick Caulfield 1975
In Sun Lounge (1975), Patrick Caulfield's exceptional mastery of colour abstraction takes centre stage, highlighting his keen insight into architectural principles and shape construction achieved through a meticulous grid-like framework. The detailed use of grid lines sets this period of his work apart from his earlier creations in the 1960s. This shift results in an intricate and multifaceted portrayal of interior space, complete with commonplace objects such as chairs, lights, tables, footrests, mirrors, and various paraphernalia. The inclusion of this clutter and familiar elements imbues the composition with a poignant layer of significance, subtly alluding to human interaction within the room.
This artwork has made two appearances in the secondary market, first in June 2006, realising £512,000 (including fees), and subsequently in November 2011, achieving a significant price of £505,250 (including fees). These figures firmly establish Sun Lounge as one of Patrick Caulfield's most esteemed and highly sought-after works.
Image © Christie's / View Of The Ruins © Patrick Caulfield 1964