Patrick CaulfieldBlack and White Cafe. 1973.

Original screenprint in colours. 1973. Signed in pencil. Numbered (48) in pencil from the edition of 75 ( plus 15 proofs). Drawn and printed at the Kelpra Studio, London 1973. Issued for the 'Mark Rothko Memorial Portfolio' by Matthews, Miller and Dunbar, USA. Ref: Dempsey - Caulfield The Complete Prints no 31. One of the key qualities of Caulfield's art is his understanding of a perfect balance between line and colour. In his imagery he refined down the arrangement of forms, or the view of a space, to the most elegant, yet at the same time, expressive simplicity. Working alongside the Pop generation of British artists in the 1960's he eschewed their references to a 'new modern' imagery and focussed on what are in many ways the tradition compositions of art. At the same time his cut-away and pared-down paintings and prints are a total revolution. Caulfield first came across the screenprint medium in the 1960's medium. Unlike Hamilton or Paolozzi he was not interested in the collage possibilities. What appealed to him was being able to create perfect clarity of line or stroke linked to a completely smooth but rich density of colour. 'Black and White Café' expresses these qualities to perfection. Very fine impression with absolutely fresh colour. The surface and paper in excellent condition. On stiff pale cream wove paper with an outer overprint of darker cream. Full margins. Sheet: 910 x 710mm. Central image: 713 x 598mm.