Colin Self

Colin Self is a draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor and painter. He is best known as a Pop Artist, whose work addressed the theme of Cold War politics. In 1961 he entered the Slade School of Fine Arts in London.

In 1962 and 1965 Self travelled to the USA and Canada which heightened his consciousness of Cold War politics. Events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and CND marches led him to create highly-innovative works.

He also produced works featuring apparently harmless motifs from contemporary life and consumer society which at times conveys an unexpected atmosphere of violence and sexual threat. His intention was to produce a detailed record of his society which, in the event of its destruction, would convey its essential qualities to anyone coming across his work in the future.

Deeply suspicious of the commercial art world, in 1965 Self returned permanently to Norwich. Both his subject matter and his repertoire of techniques continued to expand, taking in atmospheric Norfolk landscapes, still-lifes and quirky observations of human behaviour.

1941 Born, Rackheath, Norwich, Norfolk Studied Wymondham College, Norwich Art School Studied Slade School of Art, London with Peter Blake and David

1961-1965 Lived in London

1962 and 1965 Extensive travelling, drawing expeditions of journeys in America Travel with Hockney, Procktor and Stevens. Returned to live in Norwich

1963 Married (Three children, 2 daughters and 1 son). Dissolved 1974

1965 First one man exhibition, Piccadilly Gallery, London

1972-1974 Lived in Oberbergs, Germany

1974-1975 Lived in Galloway, Scotland

Returned to live in Norwich

1978 Resettles - now with twin daughters born 1989

1986ICA, London Exhibition : "Colin Self's Colin Selfs"

1991-1992 Works included in Royal Academy, London "Pop Art Exhibition"

1995- 1996 One man exhibition at Tate Gallery, London

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Piccadilly Gallery, London

Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris

Galerie Hans Neuendorf, Hamburg Alecto Gallery, London

Norwich School of Art, Norwich

The ICA, London

The Tate Gallery, London

Collage, The Mayor Gallery, London

Colin Self - Art in the Nuclear Age, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex

Selected Group Exhibitions:

1968 Galerie Milano, Milan Bradford City Art and Museum, Bradford Bear Lane Gallery, Oxford Musee d'Art Modern, Paris

1969 Gimpels Gallery, New York Hayward Gallery, London ICA Gallery, London Jewish Museum, New York

1970 Museum of Modern Art, New York

1970 Castle Museum, Norwich Musee d'art Modern, Paris

1971 Museum of Modern Art, New York Arthur Tooth and Sons, London ICA, London

1975-1976 Hayward Gallery

1976-1978 Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1979-1980 Gimpel Fils Gallery, London

1980 Angela Flowers Gallery, London

1981 Royal Academy of Arts, London

1982 Tate Gallery, London

1983 Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London

Tate Gallery, London

1987 ICA Gallery, London

1989 University of East Anglia, Norwich

1990 Fine Art Society, London

Royal Academy of Arts, London Ludwig Museum, Cologne Montreal Museum of Arts, Montreal

Whitford Fine Art, London

Selected Group Exhibitions:

1996 Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich Independent Gallery, London Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Imperial War Museum, London

1998 Signature Pieces, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

1999 Pop Impressions, Museum of Modern Art , New York

2004 Art & the 60's: This was Tomorrow, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, Birmingham Living Dust, Norwich Gallery, Norwich Pop Art UK - British Pop Art 1956-1972, Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena

2006 Art & the 60s from Tate Britain, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland

2008 POP und die Folgen, Museum der Stadt Ratingen, Ratingen

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