The Mystery of Appearance: Patrick Caulfield

Paul Caulfield brings a vibrancy to this painting that Adobe Illustrator could never achieve. This painting from 1967 depicts a graphic aesthetic that you can still see being produced today. Notice the brush strokes in the image below.

Although they let you take pictures in the Haunch of Venison, everything is framed in ultra reflective glass! Or maybe it’s the light that makes it that way. So it’s all half-painting, half-mirror I’m afraid, but it does give a good flavour of the space at the same time as the images. If you can, just go and see the exhibition for yourself. It’s free.

Caulfield has painted over the red with black – do you think that was on purpose, to give another layer to the work? Or do you think he just changed his mind about the outline colour?

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