Portraits and Style

Man Playing Snooker and thinking of Other things
by Derek Boshier,1961
© Derek Boshier

In the late 1950s to mid-1960s British and American Pop artists used portraiture to develop a range of new, distinctive, figurative styles. In Britain, David Hockney, Allen Jones, Patrick Caulfield and Derek Boshier were students at the Royal College of Art. The inclusion of their work in the Young Contemporaries exhibition in London in 1961 marked the emergence of British Pop Art.

Portraiture was also central to the work of the American artists Jim Dine, Larry Rivers, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol during this period. Their work reflected the transition from the painterly tradition of abstract expressionism towards a cooler, figurative style.