Patrick Caulfield

Patrick Caulfield

The late British painter and printmaker Patrick Caulfield, who died in 2005, is regarded as one of the significant English artists of his generation. He studied at Chelsea School of Art, then the Royal College of Art, and was the contemporary of David Hockney and Sir Peter Blake.

Like his fellow students, he is associated with the British Pop Art movement, although he resisted being identified with the term. Instead, he preferred to highlight the formalist qualities of his work, such as line and colour. He is a master of both.

Caulfield’s strong graphic representations use stark black outline upon flat areas of bright unnatural colour.  His subjects are invariably man-made modern objects of stylized form—pots, vases, lamps, furniture—often overlapping in planes of smooth space or intersected by angular bands of colour.  These mundane subjects take on a solemn, sculptural force in Caulfield’s reductive renderings. His more mature works introduce elements of photo-realism and landscape but maintain the same unique aesthetic and instinct for simplicity.

Caulfield has been the subject of many major exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Hayward Gallery in 1999 and a major exhibition at Tate Britain in 2013.