“PONY,” 1964, PATRICK CAULFIELD, OIL ON BOARD, 122 X 152.5 CM. (COURTESY WADDINGTON CUSTOT)
Waddington Custot in London is hosting a solo exhibition of Patrick Caulfield titled “Morning, Noon and Night.” On view from September 11 through November 15, 2019, the show focuses on the artist’s practice across a variety of media starting from oil painting to prints and also his lesser-known and rarely exhibited drawings with a special attention to his preoccupation with light and shade during different times of the day.
As a student at the Royal College of Art in the 1960s, Caulfield developed an identifiable style of painting that consisted of flat-colored planes and hard-edged black outlines. As the gallery mentions, “Working with ordinary domestic forms such as lampshades, vases, window panes, and wine glasses, he pared down his subjects to slick and streamlined black outlines and areas of saturated color. Lines are crisp, surfaces are impenetrably, impossibly smooth, and colors elegantly balanced.”
Many of his compositions are also known to play with varied and conflicting sources of light from beams, shafts, pools, and floods, to the glow of a domestic lamp. “Everyday pursuits of the morning, noon and night are represented through various subjects such as a daily newspaper, cold cuts enjoyed at lunchtime, or the domestic lamps switched on and window blinds drawn as dusk falls in the evening,” adds the gallery.
Despite the fact that Caulfield’s work was often assimilated into the Pop movement, the artist always rejected this idea. As Roxana Afshar, Director at Waddington Custot, says, “Patrick Caulfield rejected the Pop movement label as he rather saw his approach to painting as descending from that of Georges Braque and Fernand Leger, and the connections to these modern masters are vividly apparent through the selection of works in the show. Afshar adds, “Leger shared with Caulfield the bold dark lines and flat planes of saturated color which we see in works throughout ‘Morning, Noon and Night.’ Braque and Caulfield both broke away from their contemporaries in their approaches to the still life genre, and the show is filled with scenes of everyday life — an ‘Evening Paper,’ vases, lampshades and so on.”
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