17 January - 29 March 2014
A simplified style combined with an astute commentary on modern life cast Patrick Caulfield as one of the originators of Pop Art in England – a label he rejected. Delving further into Caulfield’s work reveals a timeless subject matter executed with deadpan humour all contained within his characteristic solid black outlines. This exhibition explores Caulfield’s unique style beginning with his inspiration from artists such as Juan Gris, Georges Braque and Fernand Léger, to his subtle construction of the interior and engagement with the still life tradition.
‘This new exhibition… stresses the influences on Caulfield of modern masters. Caulfield fixed his artistic gaze more keenly on France…embracing both the decorative brilliance of Matisse and the stylisation of Léger. The show will question if Caulfield was the last first-rate painter in still life’s long illustrious tradition.’ The Daily Telegraph critic Alastair Smart’s ‘Hot Ticket’
- Patrick Caulfield, Sweet Bowl, 1967, British Council. © The estate of Patrick Caulfield. All Rights Reserved, DACS.