Colin Self

Colin Self (1941-)

Colin Self is a draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor and painter. He is best known as a Pop Artist, whose work addressed the theme of Cold War politics.

He entered the Slade School of Fine Arts in London 1961 and in 1962 and 1965 Self travelled to the USA and Canada where vents such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and CND marches led him to create highly-innovative works.

Self also produced works featuring apparently harmless motifs from contemporary life and consumer society which at times conveys an unexpected atmosphere of violence and sexual threat.

Deeply suspicious of the commercial art world, in 1965 Self returned permanently to Norwich. Both his subject matter and his repertoire of techniques continued to expand, taking in atmospheric Norfolk landscapes, still-lifes and quirky observations of human behaviour.


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