Derek Boshier

  • Born 1937 in Portsmouth, UK
Derek Boshier gained attention for his paintings while studying at the Royal College of Art in London from 1959 to 1962. With fellow students like David Hockney (b. 1937) and Allen Jones (b. 1937), he was one of the pioneers of British Pop art. Influenced by the writings of Marshall McLuhan, Vance Packard and John Kenneth Galbraith, Boshier drew on the iconography of British and American mass culture and made references to current political events and issues during the early 1960s, with a critical rather than celebratory attitude. Boshier was included in Ken Russell’s 1962 documentary Pop Goes the Easel. Later that year, Boshier went to India on a one-year scholarship and experimented with the narrative strategies of Hindu symbolism. Back in England he changed his style repeatedly: he turned to Hard-Edge and geometric abstraction, produced politically radical Conceptual art, created elemental shaped sculptures in a Minimalist manner and returned to painting with comical figures. Boshier took up different mediums like drawing, printmaking, collage, film, books, sculpture, installation and photography. His collaboration with music groups like The Clash and David Bowie introduced his work to a broader audience. He represented Britain in the 1963 Paris Biennale and held teaching positions in London and Texas