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Patrick Caulfield, CBE (30 January 1936 – 29 September 2005) was
an English painter and printmaker known for his pop art
Patrick Caulfield studied at the Chelsea School of Art in the
late 1950s, and at the Royal College of Art from 1960 to 1963,
where his fellow pupils included David Hockney and R. B. Kitaj.
After he left, he returned to Chelsea as a teacher. In 1964 he
exhibited at the New Generation show at London's Whitechapel
Gallery, which resulted in him being associated with pop art.
From around the mid-1970s he began to
incorporate more detailed, realistic elements into his work,
After Lunch (1975) being one of the first examples. Still-life:
Autumn Fashion (1978) contains a variety of different
styles--some objects have heavy black outlines and flat colour,
but a bowl of oysters is depicted more realistically, and other
areas are executed with looser brushwork. Caulfield later
returned to his earlier, more stripped-down, style of painting.
Caulfield's paintings are figurative, often portraying a few
simple objects in an interior. Typically, he uses flat areas of
simple colour surrounded by black outlines. Some of his works
are dominated by a single hue.
After Lunch, 1975, Tate Gallery. In 1987
Caulfield was nominated for the Turner Prize and in 1996 he was
made a CBE. On 24 May 2004, a fire in a storage warehouse
destroyed many works from the Saatchi collection, including one
or more by Caulfield.
He died in 2005, and is buried in
Highgate Cemetery. Those who have followed his style include
Michael Craig-Martin and latterly Julian Opie.