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b. 1937, United Kingdom

Derek Boshier Biography

Boshier attended the Royal College of Art where he was a contemporary amongst notable artists involved in the pop art movement such as R.B Kitaj, Allen Jones and David Hockney. It was within his Image in Revolt exhibition at London's Grabowski Gallery with Frank Bowling that Boshier launched his career, introducing icons of American consumer culture with the incorporation of big brand logos within his work. Taking a non-hierarchical approach to the use of popular images has been a long-running theme within Boshier's work, making use of the Pepsi logo in place of the rising sun and other iconic images such as Kellogg's cornflakes logo and iconic striped toothpaste image. The popularity of Boshier's work among music icons such as The Clash and David Bowie have brought his work to a wider audience.

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Boshier's work has been shown internationally particularly in Europe and the US. In 2017 he added to his extensive exhibiting record with a solo exhibition at the Night Gallery (Los Angeles) as well as exhibiting at Tanya Leighton (Berlin), Tom Solomon Gallery (Los Angeles) and a two-person show at Galerie Albert Baronian (Brussels). Alongside his solo shows Boshier has also appeared in several group exhibitions at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Tate Britain and British Museum, Brooklyn Museum and Centre Pompidou.In recent years Boshier was the recipient of the Honorary Fellowship of the RCA, 2016, as well as the Guggenheim fellowship and NEA award for the arts, he is also an accomplished teacher and lecturer. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

On the Road 2017

Derek Boshier's On the Road is the inaugural solo exhibition at Gazelli Art House in London, showcasing his latest acrylic on canvas works and premiering two short films.

Boshier's clear references to pop culture are ever present in this show with depictions of his long-standing friend and biggest collector, David Bowie appearing in three paintings: David Bowie and Teresa Cornelys, David Bowie Twice and David Bowie, Jack Kerouac, and David Bowie The pair first met in the late seventies and shortly after their introduction Boshier was to design the album artwork for Bowie's Lodger. Within these paintings Boshier approaches the subject of how a single performer explores many identities through creative self-management, a performing art Bowie excelled at.

Shortly before David Bowie died, he is known to have written messages to his nearest, longstanding friends and collaborators. Included in these heartfelt goodbyes Boshier received praise and acknowledgment for his body of work and contribution to the pop art movement throughout the decades.

"I just had to write and tell you how much I love the book that has just been published. Your work really cascades over the decades and is utterly real and convincing. You really are a master. Cush!!"

– David Bowie

Other works in the exhibition include his Otherwise Engaged series, Pyramidsand Guadeloupe Mountains, which provide a witty social commentary on the digitalization of everyday life and brings to focus the idolization of the digital world.

Text courtesy Gazelli Art House.

Derek Boshier Featured Artworks

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News of the World by Derek Boshier contemporary artwork
Derek BoshierNews of the World, 2011Prints of maquettes for sculptures
56 x 43 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
Untitled (From the 54 drawings series) by Derek Boshier contemporary artwork
Derek BoshierUntitled (From the 54 drawings series), 1973Pencil on paper
38.5 x 28 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
Self Portrait Remembering Childhood by Derek Boshier contemporary artwork
Derek BoshierSelf Portrait Remembering Childhood, 1988Ink on paper
35.55 x 28.05 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
Circles by Derek Boshier contemporary artwork
Derek BoshierCircles, 2000Silkscreen
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
Snow (Dedicated Followers of Fashion) by Derek Boshier contemporary artwork
Derek BoshierSnow (Dedicated Followers of Fashion), 2019Acrylic on canvas
152.4 x 91.4 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
Bill Hayley and The Comets #2 by Derek Boshier contemporary artwork
Derek BoshierBill Hayley and The Comets #2, 1960Pencil on paper
20 x 24 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
Otherwise Engaged: Lake View by Derek Boshier contemporary artwork
Derek BoshierOtherwise Engaged: Lake View, 2014Acrylic on canvas
121.9 x 182.9 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
Black Dog by Derek Boshier contemporary artwork
Derek BoshierBlack Dog, 2009Acrylic on canvas
152 x 92 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery

Derek Boshier Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Let’s Talk about Text at Gazelli Art House, London
Upcoming
10 June–3 July 2021 Group Exhibition Let’s Talk about Text Gazelli Art HouseLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Derek Boshier, Night and Snow / Fragments: Contemporary Still Life at Gazelli Art House, London
Closed
4 October–10 November 2019 Derek Boshier Night and Snow / Fragments: Contemporary Still Life Gazelli Art HouseLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Robert Fraser’s Groovy Arts Club Band at Gazelli Art House, London
Closed
11 January–23 February 2019 Group Exhibition Robert Fraser’s Groovy Arts Club Band Gazelli Art HouseLondon

Derek Boshier Represented By

Gazelli Art House contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Gazelli Art House Baku, London

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