In Conversation: Derek Boshier
Past event archive
10 October 2013, 19:30
- Late Shift
Influential British Pop Artist Derek Boshier talks to Paul Moorhouse, the Gallery’s 20th Century Curator, about his life and work.
by Lord Snowdon
21 October 1963
Derek Boshier first came to prominence with his paintings as a student at the Royal College of Art in London in the early 1960s, with fellow students David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj, and others in the British Pop Art movement. Subsequently he has used other media: drawing, printmaking, film, books, three dimensional objects, installations and photography among them. His graphic work with popular music groups such as The Clash and with David Bowie have brought his work to a wider audience.
Recently, he has created a complex installation,99 Cent War, which is an indictment of the Gulf War and is enjoying widespread critical acclaim. Boshier has also published a hand-drawn limited edition book related to themes addressed in 99 Cent War.
Derek Boshier's most recent paintings have included Shelf Life: Paintings and Sculptures About Books. And Extreme Makeover, is a new and ongoing series of ink drawings made on found photography, that has its roots in work first visited in the early seventies. Boshier is also an accomplished teacher and lecturer. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
Derek Boshier: Imaginary Portraits, a display of his work from 1961 to the present that explores the role of imagination in portraits, is in Room 32 from 28 September.