Originally a screen print on paper, Black and White Café
is a fantastic example of Caulfield’s print work which combines simple graphics with a naive pictorial style for which he is famous. His use of heavy bold lines and simple colours stem from postcards that he collected whilst travelling around Europe as a teenager.
Black and White Café, 1972-3
71.4 x 60 cm
Date of work
Screenprint on paper. Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints in 1975
English painter and printmaker, Patrick Caulfield studied at Chelsea School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, just one year below the students identified as the originators of pop art. In the early 1960s Caulfield's painting was characterised by flat images of objects against unmodulated areas of colour. Gradually his attention shifted to architectural elements. During the 1980s he again turned to a more stripped-down aesthetic, particularly in large paintings with a vivid sense of place.