BOTY, Pauline

Pauline Boty  British 1938-1966

Pauline Boty, English painter and collagist. She studied stained glass at Wimbledon School of Art (1954–8), and at the Royal College of Art, London (1959–61). However, whilst studying stain glass at the RCA, Boty continued to paint on her own in her student flat in west London and in 1959 she had three more works selected for the Young Contemporaries exhibition. It was at the Royal College that she met and interacted with her peers including David Hockney, Peter Philips, Peter Blake & Derek Boshier. Painting became the focus of her practice after finishing college. Her first group show was held in November 1961 at A.I.A. gallery in London and was hailed as one of the first British Pop art shows.She had her first  solo show at the Grabowski Gallery in 1963. After her early death from leukaemia, Boty’s work was largely ignored until the 1990s, when interest was rekindled in her female perspective on Pop concerns.

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