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Patrick Caulfield studied at Chelsea School of Art and later at the Royal College of Art at the time of the emergence of Pop Art, a movement which revelled in the culture of the mass media as well as commenting ironically upon it. Notable exponents of this included Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake, David Hockney and Allen Jones. Caulfield came to prominence as one of the 'New Generation' exhibitors at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1964.
Drawing on influences from Matisse, Braque and Léger, he developed a characteristic style that uses strong black outlines and areas of flat colour. For subject matter he often takes mundane, everyday things which are depicted with extreme economy and personal detachment. Caulfield achieves a reinterpretation of commonplace objects.
The screenprinting technique suits Caulfield's purposes well, producing images in which the distractions of surface texture can be avoided.