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Patrick Caulfield RA (1936-2005)
Interior: Morning, 1971

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Caulfield's work is characterised by a reductive, streamlined use of line and the depiction of banal, everyday objects saturated in colour. Caulfield consistently used screenprint for his graphic work following his introduction to the medium by Richard Hamilton and Chris Prater in 1964. The deceptive simplicity of his images, perfectly matched by the aesthetic capacities of the process, is clear throughout the various phases of his printmaking career. During his lifetime the Serpentine Gallery, the Hayward Gallery and the Tate Gallery in London all held major retrospectives of his paintings. More recently his prints have been the subject of surveys at Tate Liverpool and Tate Britain (alongside fellow Jerwood Painting Prize winner Gary Hume). Caulfield died in 2005 having made an indelible contribution to British painting and printmaking.

‘Frequently Caulfield made prints in sets or groups: in 1967 Editions Alecto commissioned a set of six screenprints on a still-life theme;  The Letter, The Hermit, Sweet Bowl and Coloured Still Life form part of this set. Interiors, a set of four screenprints, all in the Jerwood Collection (of which this is one) was commissioned by Leslie Waddington Prints, and described by Babara Reise in Studio International as being ‘So “dumb” in imagery and serial structuring, these prints are so conceptually and perceptually complex that their superficial naivety has the mythic potential of any “minimalist” hero from John Ford’s Wild West’ (see Exhibition catalogue, British Council, As Is When: A Boom in British Printmaking 1961-1972, 2003, p. 19).

 

Medium

screenprint on paper

Dimensions

28 x 23 in. (71 x 58.4 cm.)

Provenance

Alan Cristea Gallery, London, where purchased in May 2009.

Exhibited

London, Alan Cristea Gallery, Patrick Caulfield: Prints 1964-1999, July - September 2009.

Literature

Exhibition catalogue, British Council, As Is When: A Boom in British Printmaking 1961-1972, 2003, pp. 19-21, another set illustrated.

K. Dempsey and M. Gooding, Patrick Caulfield, The Complete Prints, 1964-1999, London, 1999, p. 83, nos. 18-21, p.83, another set illustrated.

Collection Catalogue, Jerwood Collection, London 2012 p.30. Illustrated p.4.

Born in London, Caulfield studied under the guidance of Prunella Clough and Jack Smith at Chelsea School of Art (1956-59) and afterwards at Royal College of Art (1960-63), where he was a year behind a group that included Derek Boshier, David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj and Peter Phillips. After Caulfield left the RCA, Lawrence Gowing (Principal at Chelsea) offered Caulfield a part-time teaching post, which he held until 1971. In 1964 his work was included in the seminal New Generation exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery and a year later his first solo exhibition was held at the Robert Fraser Gallery, London.

During his lifetime, Caulfield exhibited widely in the U.K. and internationally, and major retrospectives of his paintings were held at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, touring to the Tate Gallery, London (1981); the Serpentine Gallery, London (1992-93); and the Hayward Gallery, London (1999). In 1987 Caulfield was nominated for the Turner prize and he was the joint winner of the 1995 Jerwood Painting Prize with Maggi Hambling. He was appointed CBE in 1996 and died in London in 2005.