Patrick Caulfield, CBE, RA (1936 – 2005) is a celebrated UK artist, immediately recognisable for his bold, reductive, outline heavy creations of everyday objects. The critic Christopher Finch described him as a “Romantic disarmed by his own sense of irony”. He somehow managed to paint very little but portray so much. Although considered an ‘urban painter’ in terms of his subjects, plants in one form or another appeared frequently. Here are some of our favourites.
He has permanent collections at the Tate, although many not on show (see below) and the V&A and various other galleries worldwide.
Black and White Flower Piece, 1963 Location: Tate not on display
Vases of Flowers, 1962 Location: Tate not on display
Bananas and Leaves, 1977 Location: On display at Tate Britain
White Pot, 1976 Location: Tate not on display
untitled, 1976 Location: Tate can be viewed by appointment
Garden with Pines, 1975 Location: Tate can be viewed by appointment
Spider Plant, 1973 Location: Tate can be viewed by appointment
19. ‘All the benches are wet, the woods are so rusty’, 1973 Location: Tate can be viewed by appointment