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© Derek Boshier. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2022. Photo credit: Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Services

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Derek Boshier (b.1937)

Portsmouth Museums and Visitor Services

British painter, sculptor, designer, and experimental artist, born in Portsmouth. He studied at Yeovil School of Art, 1953–7, Guildford College of Art, 1957–9, and the *Royal College of Art, London, 1959–62. His contemporaries at the RCA included David *Hockney, Allen *Jones, R. B. *Kitaj, and Peter *Phillips, and like them Boshier is regarded as one of the leading British exponents of *Pop art. His work of the early 1960s was much concerned with the manipulative forces of advertising, treating the human figure in the same way as mass-produced goods and blending them together. One painting's title quotes Vance Packard's The Hidden Persuaders (1957), an influential study warning of the manipulative power of advertising. Others look critically at the space race and the relationship between Britain and the USA.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)


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