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Artist of the moment…Patrick Caulfield….

Patrick Caulfield was born in London, England  in 1936. His father was employed by a major aircraft producer and the family moved to another English city called Bolton. Caulfield starting work for a salary at an early age and worked designing food displays as a sixteen year old.

At the age of seventeen Caulfield joined the Royal Air Force.

He found inspiration in the French artist Henri de Toulouse -Lautrec and the movie Moulin Rouge from 1952. The artist for the first time signed for evening drawing classes at the Harrow School of Art.

Other well known artists he met in college were Allen Jones and David Hockney.

When I look at the artist I am reminded of such masters as Juan Gris. Gris was a Spanish painter who experimented in many styles and was reknown for his Cubist style paintings. Below is an example of Juan Gris style of painting concentrating on the flat shape of the object, but also adding in fun varieties of texture such as wood and other fun patterns that you would expect see in a collage.  The item that is most important to me of Gris’s style is that even still objects are life and vitality. A boring pot on a table becomes a wonderful piece of eye candy filled with many different texturs and patterns to feast their eyes upon.


Caulfield,s style of painting takes me back to the sixties when people first started looking at ordinary objects as art. Be they a fire hydrant, a can of soup, or a box of brillo pads objects started to be seen more as artifacts of the time we inhabit now. Time capsules if you will. I hope that we start to see some twinkie and hostess paintings soon as they too will change.

In this clip we take a art critics view of a work about the inside of a cave.

Below is a great clip showing the artist’s work with the artist’s second known print titled “Still Life in Red and White.”

Patrick Caulfield attended the Chelsea School of Art in London. He also attended the Royal College of Art also located in London. Caulfield also served as part of the teaching faculty at the Chelsea School of Art for eight years from 1963 until 1971.

Has received many notable commissions over the years including painting the London Life mural for the London Life Associations new headquarters in Bristol. Also designed the stained glass windows in the Ivy restaurant located in London.

Also chosen to do design theater sets and costumes for the Michael Corder’s ballet “Party Game”  for the Royal Ballet. Also designed the sets and costumes for another theatrical production titled ” Rhapsody.”

Price range information: Screenprints are available from fie hundred to five thousand dollars. Works painted in acrylics can range from $50,00   to $827,000.  Occasionally an oil painting is found and they usually start at six figures.

The artist admired the photorealist movement and incorporated some of their methods into his artwork.

Caulfield passed away in 2005. He was 69 years old.

I enjoy this artist’s still life paintings the most. Another artist that comes to mind now that I look freshly at the artist’s work is Matthew Brannon. Brannon enjoys working with the shapes of objects, not trying to depict three dimensions but rather celebrating the vignette of the object. Below is a great example of Matthew Brannon’s artwork.


Try a still life and concentrate only on shape and color. Don’t try to render any objects in three dimensions! Good luck, you can do it!