Dining Recess

1972

Caulfield, Patrick
A large circular lamp dominates the centre of Patrick Caulfield's 'Dining Recess' like a hanging moon; a vision, perhaps, of what might be seen beyond the dining room walls. The globe is brilliant and yet it fails to illuminate the grey of the interior, heightening the sense of mystery and unreality. The word 'dining' suggests a social occasion, but 'Dining Recess' presents us with an eerily empty scene. 'The subject matter I normally use is devoid of human presence', said Caulfield, 'but it suggests the observation of something that's either happened or is about to happen, and that gives it a lonely feeling'. For Caulfield the social implications of interior design are also very telling. The moulded 'tulip' chairs (designed by Eero Saarinen) are typical of their time, appearing frequently in books on design. Susan May
  • Artwork Details: 274.5 x 213.5cm
  • Edition:
  • Material description: oil on canvas
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © The Estate of Patrick Caulfield. All rights reserved, DACS 2015.
  • Theme: Interior
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: AC 1431

Share

Close
Artists
Artworks
Exhibitions
Articles
Other

The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With more than 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyond. This website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.