Patrick Caulfield

Art, Painting
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Patrick Caulfield
British Council Collection
Patrick Caulfield, '
Selected Grapes', 1981
Caulfield's incredibly bold use of colour and simple lines made him a pioneer of early British contemporary art. But he himself rejected any such classification, striving instead to be seen in the same light as his French cubist and modernist heroes, Georges Braque and Fernand Leger. This survey shows the artist's progression from early still life painting through to the use of trompe l'oeil effects and the inclusion of photorealism.


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It’s your last chance to see the retrospective of this important British artist this month - it closes on 1 September. Caulfield’s simplistic treatment of his subject, together with bold, geometric lines and solid colour blocking, creates powerful and arresting images. Even his earliest pieces seem fresh and current, with only minor details (like the presence of an Eames chair) reminding us of their vintage. Fans of Julian Opie will get a lot out of this. For more from me, check out | @CuratedLondon