Taking as his subject icons of consumerism and American popular culture, Derek Boshier made his name in the 1960s as one of the key proponents of British Pop Art, along with contemporaries David Hockney, Peter Blake and Pauline Boty. Since then, his output has been exceptionally diverse, including collage, book design, set design and illustration, as well as photography, film and sculpture.
Derek Boshier: Rethink/Re-entry traces Boshier’s formidable career. Beginning with his rise to prominence in the early 1960s, it follows his abandonment of painting in the 1970s and his experimentation with new modes of expression, such as collage and illustration, as exemplified by his iconic sleeve design for David Bowie’s album Lodger and his drawings for CLASH 2nd Songbook.
The chapters on the 1980s detail Boshier’s return to painting, in particular his adoption of the Texan cowboy as the subject for his ‘Cowboy’ series. The 1990s saw him relocate to Los Angeles, where he encountered a culture and iconography that provided rich source material for his later works.
Featuring essays by leading academics, curators, critics and practitioners – each of which is introduced by a new Boshier artwork – this is the definitive monograph of this most distinctive of great British artists.