This summer Tate Britain presents an exhibition of the celebrated British painter, Patrick Caulfield.
See two exhibitions with one ticket: Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume for £13.10 (£11.30 concessions) or £14.50 (£12.50 concessions) with Gift Aid donation
From the 1960s, Caulfield (1936 - 2005) has been known for his iconic and vibrant paintings of modern life that reinvigorated such traditional artistic genres as still life. Celebrating the artist's mastery of colour, graphic elegance and wit, this exhibition offers the chance to reassess his influences and the legacy of his approach to painting.
Patrick Caulfield runs in parallel to an exhibition on contemporary artist Gary Hume (b. 1962), offering visitors the chance to see alongside each other two complementary British painters from different generations.
Patrick Caulfield came to prominence in the mid-1960s after studying at the Royal College of Art where fellow students included David Hockney. In the Whitechapel Art Gallery's defining 1964 exhibition The New Generation he became associated with pop art. However, he always resisted this label, preferring to see himself as a 'formal artist' and an inheritor of painting traditions from Modern masters such as Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Fernand Léger who influenced his composition and choice of subject matter.
This exhibition traces the development of Patrick Caulfield's distinctive style. Traditional genres such as still life are radically re-imagined to produce images of startling originality. Early on in his career Caulfield rejected gestural brushstrokes for the more anonymous techniques of sign-writers. Work such as Pottery 1969 (Tate) is characterised by flat areas of colour defined by outlines.
Over thirty significant works from public and private collections have been brought together to represent the key moments of Caulfield's career, including popular paintings such as Dining Recess 1972 (Arts Council Collection) and Interior with a Picture 1985-6 (Tate). These are shown alongside lesser known works such as Bend in the Road 1967 (National Museum of History and Art Luxembourg) and Tandoori Restaurant 1971 (Wolverhampton Art Gallery). The exhibition also includes later paintings such as Bishops 2004 (private collection) and the artist's final work Braque Curtain 2005 (Tate).
Further information on the Patrick Caulfield exhibition.