Even the most cursory of glances over Caulfield’s work shows just how far his iconic style has permeated contemporary graphic design and illustration.
The bold colours, thick black lines and the transformation of the most quotidian items into vibrant icons are undoubtedly part of the fabric of today’s visual culture.
The Alan Cristea exhibition spans Caulfield’s career from his first print, 1964’s Ruins, which was commissioned by London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts as part of a 14-print series of works now seen as instrumental in proving the power of screenprinting as a medium. Other artists included in the series were Eduardo Paolozzi, Richard Hamilton and David Hockney.
While Caulfield is frequently associated with the pop art movement, Caulfield rejected the label, instead focussing on his work’s roots in European influences such as Cezanne and Cubist artists such as Gris, Braque and Picasso.
His final print Demoiselles d’Avignon vues de Derriere, created in 1999, is the artist’s homage to Picasso – albeit a rather cheeky one.
Patrick Caulfield Prints runs from 5 June – 13 July Alan Cristea Gallery: 31&34 Cork Street, London W1