A prolific painter and printmaker closely related with the ‘Pop' Art Movement, Patrick Caulfield is best known for his ironic, iconic and vibrant depictions of modern life that reinvigorated traditional artistic genres such as still life. Stylistically, Caulfield's work draws upon a simplified visual language recalling sign painting and graphic art, depicting everyday objects using vibrant colour and streamlining their representation with a slick, black line; in doing so he transforms the banal in to emblems of mystery.
He began his studies at Chelsea School of Art in 1956, one year below many of the originators of pop art, and continued at the Royal College of Art in the early 60s, where he studied alongside David Hockney and Allen Jones. His far-reaching influence can be seen in the practice of artists such as Julian Opie, and the world of graphic design and illustration.
The exhibition at Alan Cristea will present a survey of Caulfield's prints, ranging from his very first print, Ruins (1964) to his last ever print, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon vues de derrière (1999).