Pop Art in Print at The Wilson, Cheltenham

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the preview of the Pop Art in Print exhibition at Cheltenham's art gallery, The Wilson.

Drawing from its outstanding collection of Pop Art graphics, this is the first exhibition in the V&A’s national tour, showing at the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum until 4 June 2017.

Poster for the U.F.O Club, London, 1967 | Designed by Michael English and published by Osiris Visions Ltd., London | ©The Estate of Michael English

Poster for the U.F.O Club, London, 1967 | Designed by Michael English and published by Osiris Visions Ltd., London | ©The Estate of Michael English

The exhibition brings together more than seventy iconic works, including pieces by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Gavin Turk, giving a comprehensive and exciting view of artists working in this style from the 1960s to the early 2000s. Inspired by commercial graphics and popular culture, Pop Art generated an innovative and prolific culture of printmaking. The show’s focus on the medium brings a fresh perspective on this international movement.

The works of more than 30 British and American artists are featured in the exhibition including Allen Jones, Robert Indiana, Patrick Caulfield and Richard Hamilton. Prints, printed fabric, posters and wallpaper are all explored. 

Gavin Turk: In Memory of Gavin Turk, 2003 | Screenprint with diamond dust | ©Gavin Turk

Gavin Turk: In Memory of Gavin Turk, 2003 | Screenprint with diamond dust | ©Gavin Turk

You are bound to recognise many of the more influential pop artists' work and I was surprised at the breadth of what 'Pop Art' encapsulates and the different artistic mediums used - not all of the works are bright, brash graphics, there is also a strong emphasis on more sedate, layered and textured pieces.

Peter Blake: The Beach Boys, 1964. Screen print | Circ.377-1965 | ©Peter Blake 2016. All rights reserved, DACS

Peter Blake: The Beach Boys, 1964. Screen print | Circ.377-1965 | ©Peter Blake 2016. All rights reserved, DACS

Whilst the exhibition runs, there will be a host of accompanying talks, tours and fun creative, craft events for adults and children,  including a six week course in printmaking, a curator’s talk and drop-in printing sessions for all the family.

To book tickets visit www.popartinprint.com