is a screen print on paper of a blue café sign on a bright yellow background. The bold lines and bright colours are typical of Caulfield’s work from the time. His use of bold lines and bright colours was inspired by postcards he collected whilst travelling after art school. Caulfield said that he was influenced by the simplicity and directness of the images on the postcards.
Café Sign, 1968
71.1 x 92.4 cm
Date of work
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.