Derek Boshier first came to prominence with his Pop Art paintings while he was still a student. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London from 1959 until 1962, where his contemporaries included David Hockney, R. B. Kitaj, Allen Jones and Patrick Caulfield. However, Boshier moved away from Pop Art in the mid-1960s and began to associate with a group of left-wing writers. In the 1970s he produced work in a range of media, including sculpture, prints and photographs. He retained a political edge, making banners and posters for campaigns against the Vietnam War, the nuclear bomb and racism but also worked on graphic designs for contemporary musicians. These include a cover design for The Clash’s ‘2nd Songbook’ and an album cover for David Bowie.