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Patrick Caulfield Biography

Patrick Caulfield was a British painter who was admitted to the Royal College of Arts: it was just a year after a group including David Hockney, Allen Jones, Derek Boshier and other young artists, who were not yet calling themselves ‘pop artists’ was formed.

From his initial participation in collective events in 1961 and 1962, Caulfield was by their side: his style was apparently simple, painting in flats of opposite colours, and choosing everyday objects. At the same time, he was interested in reinterpreting classical works by re-drawing them in a poster style or as comics. After 1963, he came in line with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Martial Raysse.

In the following decade, while presenting his first solo exhibitions in London and New York, the artist remained faithful to the style he had adopted in his early days. His still-lifes with ordinary objects, urban chimney landscapes and modern interiors are reduced to linear devices where form is decisive. The colour is treated by monochrome areas separated by dark circles.

Caulfield works were regularly exhibited in the UK and he was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1993.

Patrick Caulfield produced many prints, his first prints being created in the 1960s. Most of Patrick Caulfield’s prints were screen prints though he also produce many silkscreens prints. All of Patrick Caulfield prints are original prints as Caulfield saw printmaking as a distinct medium to create artworks.

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