Patrick Caulfield

So far I do not like the way Patrick Caulfield’s  draws flattens images.  The drawing below reminds me of wall paper.  I like the wall paper style of the cream and blue back ground, but I dislike the broad black lines which divide it up with drawings of pots and vegetables.

Still Life Ingredients 1976 by Patrick Caulfield 1936-2005

I like the image below, because it reminds me of a doll’s house.  I like the feeling of the miniature world.  This image creates the illusion of depth, and I think this is because it does not use out lines, as many of Caulfield’s drawings do.  I am not certain a drawing can be a collage, as this image below is, but according to Vitamin D, New Perspectives in Drawing, I think perhaps drawing can be what ever you want it to be.  The image below creates the illusion of depth by using solid shapes and colours.

DACS; (c) DACS; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation



The image below is interesting because Caulfield has combined two ways of drawing by using fairly realistic style for the vases of flowers and then using the simple lines to go around them.  So it is a strange visual experience, because the flowers look like three dimensional objects which require space, while the geometric shapes look like they have been drawn on a piece of paper or a floor or a wall.  But the two cannot exist in the same image.  They contradict each other.  Is that what Caulfield was exploring?  Contradictions.Vases of Flowers 1962 by Patrick Caulfield 1936-2005

The image below is useful to examine the scale of Caulfield’s works.  Also it shows a variety of his paintings, providing convenience to compare his styles.

Caulfield gallery

The image below has a range of different styles within it.  At the tip of the bunch of grapes there is some realistic detail, and then it graduates toward a flatter, more simplified style of drawing, at the other end of the drawing.  Caulfield uses broad black lines, patterns, colours and shapes in this image.  It reminds me of Kitsch.  I don’t know if Caulfield’s work is Kitsch, but this image seems like the sort of drawing you might see on a tin or a box in a gift shop, or painted on a tea towel.



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