Patrick Joseph Caulfield, CBE, RA was born on 29 January 1936 in Acton, west London, was an English painter and printmaker known for his bold canvases, which often incorporated elements of photorealism within a pared-down scene.
He was among the generation of artists who epitomised British Pop Art, though his work often has an introspective and melancholic mood quite unl...ike Pop Art’s more upbeat style.
Patrick Caulfield studied at Chelsea School of Art from 1956 to 1960, and during this time he won two prizes which funded a trip he made to Greece and Crete upon graduation. The visit to the island proved important, with Caulfield finding inspiration in the Minoan frescoes and the bright, hard colours on Crete.
He returned to Chelsea School of Art to teach until 1971. During this time he had first solo exhibition in 1965 at the Robert Fraser Gallery, establishing his reputation, and he soon held major shows in the UK and abroad. Caulfield was elected R.A. in 1993, awarded the CBE in 1996 and received an Honorary Fellowship of the London Institute.
Since the 1960s he has produced pictures of interiors suggesting the banality of everyday existence. Caulfield's paintings are figurative, often portraying a few simple objects. Typically, he used flat areas of simple colour surrounded by black outlines. Some of his works are dominated by a single hue.
His work is held in the private collections of Charles Saatchi and David Bowie. He died in 2005.