Patrick Caulfield studied at the Chelsea School of Art in 1956, and at the Royal College of Art from 1960 to 1963, where his fellow pupils included David Hockney and R. B. Kitaj. After he left, he returned to Chelsea as a teacher.
In 1964, he exhibited at the New Generation show at London's Whitechapel Gallery, which resulted in him being associated with pop art.
His work is characterised by a reductive, streamlined use of line and the depiction of banal, everyday objects saturated in colour. Caulfield consistently used screenprint for his graphic work following his introduction to the medium by Richard Hamilton and Chris Prater in 1964. The deceptive simplicity of his images, perfectly matched by the aesthetic capacities of the process, is clear throughout the various phases of his printmaking career.
Brown Pot, is in the Tate's collection, acquired in 2006. It was printed by Advanced Graphics and jointly published by them and Waddington Graphics.
Red Jug and Lamp, also in the Tate's collection was printed in 1992 to coincide with Caulfield's restrospective at the Serpentine Gallery that year.
Dressed Lobster, published in 1980 was presented to the Tate Gallery the same year by Rose and Chris Prater, from Kelpra Studio. This print workshop, set up in the 1950's, was pivotal in the development of the then new method of print making (screen printing) throughout the 60's and 70's. They introduced Caulfiled to the medium, amongst other artists including Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake and Eduardo Paolozzi.
In 1987 Caulfield was nominated for the Turner Prize and in 1996 he was made a CBE.
He died in 2005 and is buried in Highgate Cemetery. Those who have followed his style include Michael Craig-Martin and latterly Julian Opie.