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Pop artist Patrick Caulfield dies
UK artist Patrick Caulfield, known for his spare, precise studies of interiors and still life, has died aged 69.

Part of the 1960s generation of artists, his bold, colourful images were often associated with Pop Art.

Tate galleries director Nicholas Serota described Caulfield as "one of the most original image makers in a talented generation of British artists".

"His still lifes and interiors captured mood and decor with incisive style," Mr Serota said.

'Really alien'

In a 1999 interview with The Observer newspaper, Caulfield said his interest in interiors developed in art school as a reaction against social realism.

"So I tried to do things that were really alien to me, invented interiors that I had never seen," he said.

"I tended to choose things that were slightly past, out of fashion, which would make it more distant."

His 1996 painting Happy Hour shows a light, a wine glass and an exit sign.

When he began painting, he was quoted as saying that he started with the light, "without exactly knowing how I would end up".

Caulfield died in London on Thursday, confirmed the capital's Waddington Gallery, which represented the artist for more than 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, and three sons from a previous marriage.

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