Pauline Boty (British, 1966)

One of the relatively few women artists to be involved with the Pop Art movement, Pauline Boty (British, 1938–1966) studied at Wimbledon School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, where she met and worked with key figures from the movement.

Boty became well known in London during the 1960s, drawing attention for her good looks and minor roles on TV, as well as for her paintings. By 1963, she had developed a personal Pop style, incorporating images of celebrities into her works, and exploring female sexuality. Her collages and large canvases were exhibited in a number of group shows, and her first solo exhibition was held at the Grabowski Gallery in 1963. She was also featured alongside artists Derek Boshier, Peter Blake, and Peter Philips in the BBC film Pop Goes the Easel. She died at the age of 28, shortly after giving birth to her daughter.

David Mellor exhibited Boty’s work in his important show on the 1960s at the Barbican in 1993, and again in a joint Anglo-French exhibition, held in Brighton in 1997. A major retrospective exhibition of her work was held at Whitford Fine Art and The Mayor Gallery in London in 1998. Today, her work is part of the permanent collection of the Tate Gallery.

Timeline

1938
Born in London
1954–1958
Attended the Wimbledon School of Art
1958–1961
Studied at the Royal College of Art

Exhibitions

1998
(Major retrospective exhibition), Whitford Fine Art and Mayor Gallery
1997
David Mellor Brighton
1993
The Sixties Art Scene in London at the Barbican, David Mellor Brighton
1963
Grabowski Gallery
1963
Pop Art, Midland Group Gallery Nottingham
1962
New Approaches to the Figure, Arthur Jeffress Gallery
1961
AIA Gallery