Patrick Caulfield was born in 1936 in South Acton in London. He first began drawing at the age of fifteen- the age at which he left school and joined the National Service where he took various positions, which included working for Cross and Blackwell’s in their design department. Soon after, he decided to become a commercial artist and began attending evening classes at the Harrow School of Art. From 1956 to 1960 Caulfield studied at the Chelsea School of Art, London and from 1960 to 1963 at the Royal College of Art, London. In 1963 he returned to the Chelsea School of Art to teach until 1971. His earlier work was influenced by a number of artists, among them Lichstenstein. His prints, mostly made in the studios of Advanced Graphics London, depict everyday subjects, which he treats in strong colors within clear, black outlines. His first solo exhibition took place at the Robert Fraser Gallery in London in 1965 and his reputation grew quickly with a string of one-man shows throughout the U.K. and elsewhere. Retrospectives of his work were held at Waddington Galleries in London in 1973, and Tortue Gallery in Santa Monica, California touring to Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona in 1977. More recently retrospectives have been held at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1992 and the Alan Cristea Gallery in London in 1999 which toured extensively. His prints include “Weekend Cabin”, “Dressed Lobster”, and “Black and White Café”, among others.