Born in Portsmouth in 1937 Derek Boshier first came to prominence with his paintings as a student at the Royal College of Art in London where he studied alongside David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj, and others. Embracing the iconography of British and American mass culture, his paintings earned him recognition as one of the pioneers of British Pop Art. In 1962, he was featured with Peter Blake, Pauline Boty and Peter Phillips in Ken Russell's BBC documentary 'Pop Goes The Easel' (shown in Room 18.) Boshier now lives and works in Los Angeles in the USA.
During the 1970s, Boshier gave up painting and began experimenting with different media, applying his skills to photographs, films, collages, constructions, books, posters and record covers. As well as his avant-garde films the exhibition features some of Boshier's most famous graphic work for pop musicians, including his designs for the punk rock group The Clash's 2nd Songbook in 1979 and the glam rock singer David Bowie's 1979 ‘Lodger' album and unrealised designs for the sets of his ‘Serious Moonlight' tour.