ref: jJw Mar 10-31 2006 WHITFORD FINE ART Derek Boshier


Sunset Stripe   1962


60 x 46 cm

signed and dated



Whitford Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of works on paper by a leading British Pop

artist Derek Boshier.


The only years when Boshier was working in the true Pop idiom were 1962 and 1963.  Most of the works from 1963 were painted in India, and were accidentally destroyed, leaving a rare nucleus of works from 1962, the majority of which is presented at this exhibition.

In the early 1960's, while still a student at London's Royal College of Art, Derek Boshier played a key role in the British Pop Art Movement. Boshier helped shape this historically critical period along with David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj and Peter Phillips. In his works Boshier juxtaposes contrasting styles, but favours topical subject- matter such as the space race, political events and the Americanization of Europe. His pictures confront the world of consumer goods, symbols used in mass communications and human gesturer behaviour. The Pepsi logo is an iconic image he uses frequently, often replacing the sun or moon with this image. The campaign for striped toothpaste in 1962 shows the manipulative forces of advertising and the loss of individual identity that this brought in its wake. Boshier's characteristic 'custom-built men',  cut out figures, pieced together as in jig-saw puzzle or in a process of disintegration arose directly from his reading  of commentators such as Marshall McLuhan, Vance Packard and John Kenneth Galbraith and  depicts caustic views about the mass media.

In addition to painting, he has produced works in a variety of mediums including graphics, sculpture, installation, photography and film. As an accomplished printmaker Boshier has created album designs for David Bowie and the Clash.


All works are for sale.


EXHIBITION DATES:  Friday 10 - 31 March 2006


Preview: Thursday 9 March 2006    6 - 8 pm


Please contact Yvonna Elphick at the gallery should you require any images or further information.

Galley opening hours: 10 am until 6 pm - Monday to Friday