Patrick Caulfield

Patrick Joseph Caulfield was a widely respected British Pop artist, painter, printmaker and Royal Academician whose figurative work often focused on patterns, objects and interiors. Pairing his two-dimensional objects with angular geometry and flat color, Caulfield often used techniques associated with sign painting—black outlines, and simplistic structure. While he experimented with photorealism at various points in his career, sometimes even inserting panels of it into larger scenes, Caulfield eventually returned to architecturally inspired, pictorial scenes and still lifes. His highly graphic, flattened work went on to influence contemporary artists such as Julian Opie.

Throughout the course of his career Caulfield exhibited his work in galleries around the world, and was the subject a several major retrospectives including Hayward Gallery, London, and Yale Center for British Art, New Haven. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1987, and his works are found in many collections around the world. Caulfield was represented by Waddington Gallery in London for more than 30 years until his death in 2005.