Previous LotNext lot

Clive Barker (British, b.1940)
LOT ID: 64683
Andy Capp, 1978

Other Fabricated Metals, Polished aluminium
10 х 3.5 in. (25.4 x 8.89 cm.)
Signed, Signed under the base with edition number 3/6
Print/Casting Year 1978
Edition 3/6
Lot description
Clive Barker is considered the most important sculptor of the British Pop Art Movement. Known for his witty chrome and bronze renditions of household objects and pop-culture icons, Barker was one of the few sixties British Pop artists to work primarily with sculpture. Barker’s love affair with highly polished metals started in 1964 with his iconic "Two Palettes for Jim Dine". For over 40 years he has worked in chrome plated bronze, polished aluminium and bronze. As a protégé of the legendary art dealer Robert Fraser, and Erica Brausen of the Hanover Gallery, Barker was at the heart of the British Pop Art Movement in 1960’s swinging London. Over the years, Barker has remained true to the essence of Pop Art and his latest works continue to investigate the fundamentals of both traditional and Modernist sculpture, in particular Marcel Duchamp’s concept of the ready-made.

The work being offered for sale is a whimiscal depiction of the British cartoon charachter Andy Capp which was created by Reg Smythe for the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror in 1957.

Andy is a working class figure who never actually works, living in Hartlepool, a harbour town in northeast England. The title of the strip is a pun, a perfect phonetic rendition of that region's pronunciation of the word "handicap", as well as a reference to the main character's trademark flat cloth cap.

Early on, the Andy Capp strip was accused of perpetuating stereotypes about Britain's Northerners, who are seen in other parts of England as chronically unemployed, dividing their time between the living room couch and the neighbourhood pub, with a few hours set aside for fistfights at football games... But Smythe, himself a native of that region, had nothing but affection for his good-for-nothing protagonist, a fact which showed in his work. Since the very beginning, Andy has been immensely popular among the people he supposedly skewers.

The artist's decision to depict Andy Capp reflects the charachter's iconic status in British culture, in much the same way that Mickey Mouse was iconic to the American Pop Art movement.



  • Condition Report
  • Shipping Information
  • Payment and Return Policies
Alternate Views: 1 of 1
Share |
Add Clive Barker to My Artist Alert
Receive email alerts as soon as artists you follow are up for sale. Update your artist watch list any time.

Sales Results for Comparable Works

artnet Auctions—Buy and sell art 24/7 worldwide. ©2014 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. All rights reserved. artnet® is a registered
trademark of Artnet Worldwide Corporation. Call for Assistance: US +1-877-388-3256, EU +49 (0)30 20 91 78 50