Patrick Caulfield

Patrick Caulfield RA (1936-2005)

Patrick Caulfield was one of the most prominent British artists of our time. He was admired by his peers and widely regarded with strong affection. He studied at Chelsea School of Art, London (1956-60) and at the Royal College of Art, London (1960-63), returning to Chelsea to teach from 1963 to 1971.

Caulfield crashed onto the art scene in the mid 1960s. A painter and printmaker, he became renowned for his bold style, wit, and intelligence. Caulfield refined everything to its most basic character and form through the use of clear outlines and flat areas of colour. The silkscreen process was perfect for the elegant simplicity of Caulfield's work. His art was about presence and atmosphere. His subjects were usually places and objects, for example, the interiors of restaurants, bars and hotel rooms, rather than people. He transformed everyday objects into memorable symbols of modern life. Reluctant to be part of any movement, Caulfield wanted to be independent from fashion. He enjoyed challenging ideas of good taste by using banal and kitsch imagery. He had the rare talent of being able to combine a contemplative mood and a wry sense of humour in his work.

Patrick Caulfield won the Prix des Jeunes Artistes at the Paris Biennale in 1965 and was joint-winner of the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1995. In 1996 he was awarded the CBE, and received an Honorary Fellowship of the London Institute. His works are exhibited in public and private collections worldwide.

"Patrick Caulfield was one of the most original image-makers in a talented generation of British artists…His still lifes and interiors captured mood and decor with incisive style." - Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate galleries

“His originality was apparent from the word go. He deployed an intellectual rigour that turned his droll imagery into icons of our time.” – Allen Jones

“Patrick's pictures appeared deceptively simple…but the longer you looked, the more of their complexity revealed itself.” – Bridget Riley

“He was a unique artist…I've always loved his work.” – David Hockney