Pop Art

Saturday 10 March 2018 - Sunday 13 May 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm The Gallery, Hannahs at Seale-Hayne

We’re pleased to be presenting a collection of work from Falmouth Art Gallery, the only accredited museum in Cornwall to represent Pop Art, one of the most dominant modern movements in British Art.

Cornwall plays a small but important part in the pop art movement with many key figures having links to the county and some renting studio spaces at Porthmeor studios in St Ives during the influential 60s, 70s and 80s periods.

Anthony Benjamin, Sir Peter Blake and Patrick Hughes all had a studio at the historic Porthmeor artists studios in St Ives, and Richard Hamilton collaborated with Falmouth based artist Diane Ibbotson on a work.

These links between Pop Art and Cornwall would surely have been missed if it weren’t for the artist Tony Foster who approached Falmouth Art Gallery in 2007 with the remainder of his early pop art portfolio which had survived a fire at the artist’s home.

Foster lives in Tywardreath in Cornwall and enjoyed a successful early pop art career before moving into watercolour landscapes after the house fire. Tony’s early pop art works include screenprints and textile work which are tributes to his Pop Art idols who include David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol.

Falmouth Art Gallery has been building on the collection ever since 2007 and now holds works by Anthony Benjamin, Sir Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield, Merlyn Evans, Peter Gibson, Grace Gardner, Patrick Hughes, Roy Lichtenstein, Gavin Turk and Andy Warhol. The gallery has also been encouraging submissions of work by Falmouth University Fine Art and Photography graduates.

See work by

  • Andy Warhol
  • Roy Lichenstein
  • Tony Foster
  • Grace Gardner
  • Sir Peter Blake
  • Matthew Parfitt
  • Stuart Semple
  • Gavin Turk
  • Patrick Hughes
  • Anthony Benjamin
  • Patrick Caulfield
  • Merlyn Evans