Colin Self b. 1941
Colin Self is one of the most important and idiosyncratic British Pop artists with a prolific and diverse career.
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.
Colin SelfHot Dog (on Velvia carton), 2004Pencil on Card17.7 x 26.3 cms
6 15/16 x 10 5/16 ins
Colin SelfHot Dog (with trailing mustard), 2005Mixed media13.8 x 19.9 cms
5 6/16 x 7 13/16 ins
Colin SelfHot Dog (no relish 'pink'), 2007Mixed media20 x 31.8 cms
7 13/16 x 12 8/16 ins
Colin SelfHot Dog with Mustard., 2008Pencil on Card on Card17.2 x 28.2 cms
6 12/16 x 11 1/16 ins
Colin SelfA Pluto study, 2009Mixed media38 x 40.5 cms
14 15/16 x 15 15/16 ins
Colin SelfGolden Hot-Dog with Mustard., 2009Collage and pencil on card, on paper19.2 x 27.3 cms
7 8/16 x 10 11/16 ins
Modern British Art 202229 Mar - 31 May 2022
Twentieth Century British Art 20126 - 21 Dec 2012Artists whose work is presented include: Frank Auerbach Tony Bevan John Bratby Edward Burra Jake & Dinos Chapman Geoffrey Clarke Prunella Clough John Davies Eric Gill David Hockney Gary Hume...
Colin Self. One Thousand Sketches12 Nov - 18 Dec 2010One of Britain's greatest Pop artists, Colin Self is especially acclaimed for his drawings, as Richard Hamilton's praise makes clear: 'He's the best draughtsman in England since William Blake; he...
London Art Fair 202220 - 24 Apr 2022We are looking forward to exhibiting at the rescheduled London Art Fair in April. Our specially curated presentation will focus on important Modern British paintings and works on paper. We will show a selection including works by Shirley Baker, Cecil Beaton, Tony Bevan, Bill Brandt, Geoffrey Clarke, Dennis Creffield, John Davies, Peter de Francia, Lucian Freud, Derrick Greaves, Nigel Henderson, R. B. Kitaj, Leon Kossoff, Edward Middleditch, Eduardo Paolozzi, Paula Rego, William Scott, Colin Self, Walter Sickert. We look forward to seeing you. LONDON ART FAIR