Patrick Caulfield


Patrick Caulfield (1936-2005) was a British painter and printmaker associated with the Pop Art movement. He is best known for his bold images rendered in a strikingly graphic style. 

Caulfield emerged as an artist in the 1960's after studying at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. His entry on the art scene coincided with the rise of the British pop artists, whom he became associated with. In 1964 Caulfield participated in the legendary "New Generation" group show at Whitechapel Gallery, London. The next year he represented Britain at the Paris Biennale along with three other artists, ultimately Caulfield claimed the prize for Prix des Jeunes Artistes.

As an artist Caulfield was interested in exploring the flattened, generic qualities of commercial sign painting which he applied to his own artistic practice. He sought to remove the traces of his own hand and brushwork from his paintings to better emulate the anonymous nature of these signs. 

The aesthetic Caulfield developed is immediately recognizable for it's hard-edge lines and color blocking. Often his subjects were banal interiors or simple domestic objects. Using flat panes of color and almost cartoon-ish black outlines are Caufield signatures. Later in his career Caulfield would blur the lines between reality and illusion by incorporating elements of photorealism juxtaposed against his cartoon-style graphics. 

This screenprint "Paris Separates" is quintessential Caulfield. Completed in striking black & white, the subject of this work is a striped awning with the title "Paris Separates" written across it. Here Caulfield fully embraces the original inspiration behind his aesthetic - the commercial sign. 

A larger-scale version of this screenprint hangs in the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery in London. 

In 1987 Caulfield was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize following his solo exhibition at the National Gallery, London. 9 years later he was bestowed with the honor of Order of the British Empire (CBE). 

Caulfield's works can be found in the collections of the Tate Gallery (London), the Victoria and Alberta Museum (London), the Dallas Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Australia among many others. 

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"Paris Separates"

London, 1973

Signed and annotated in pencil by the artist on lower right 

Screenprint on wove paper

Artist's Proof (aside from an edition of 72)

28.75"H 37.5"W (work)

Publisher: Waddington Graphics, London

Very good condition


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