A Marriage of Styles: Pop to Abstraction

28 Mar 2015 – 6 Jun 2015

Event times

Open Tues-Thurs 10-5
Fri-sat 11-4
Closed Mon-sun

Cost of entry

Free Admission.

Save Event: A Marriage of Styles: Pop to Abstraction1

I've seen this

People who have saved this event:


Curated in association with Professor Martin Hammer (University of Kent), this exhibition tells the story of the meeting of two movements in the 1960s, namely those of Pop Art and the ‘post-painterly’ abstraction strongly inspired by 1950s American practice.


The title A Marriage of Styles comes from one of David Hockney’s witty works, but for this exhibition serves to capture a distinct impulse in British art which was characteristic of the period either side of 1965.

The provocative juxtaposition of heraldic geometric devices and figurative imagery was prefigured in the Target paintings of Jasper Johns, and elaborated in the UK in the work of Peter Blake. By the middle of the decade, we can see figurative painters such as Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Allen Jones, Howard Hodgkin and Pauline Boty making self-conscious reference to the formal language of their abstract contemporaries, while other artists, notably Richard Smith and Derek Boshier, were introducing into abstraction deliberate allusions to the visual strategies of current advertising and packaging.

This exhibition partners those at Studio 3 gallery on the University of Kent campus and at The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, also in Canterbury, and contributes to the programme of cultural events and public engagement activities celebrating the University of Kent’s 50th anniversary.



Rebecca Hone

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Allen Jones RA

Harold Cohen

Patrick Caulfield

Jack Smith

Bridget Riley

Robyn Denny

Derek Boshier

David Hockney

David Hockney

Howard Hodgkins

Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling

Michael Kidner


Have you been to this event? Share your insights and give it a review below.