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Plaza 1965

Not on display

Boshier became well-known for his Pop Art paintings in the early 1960s, but by 1965 had progressed to painting in the geometric style which is associated with Op Art. This shift in style came after the artist had spent a year in India and had become increasingly politically aware. ‘Plaza’ is one of a series of paintings which explore the mechanics of perception by using bright and repeated geometric patterns. The painting uses two shaped canvases with the smaller attached to the front of the larger one with metal struts. The sculptural element of the work prefigured the artist’s move into sculpture shortly after this piece was made.

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Op Art

A movement originating in the 1960s that used strongly contrasting abstract patterns, colours and forms to stimulate the eye. The term is an abbreviation of ‘optical art’. Exponents include Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely.

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.

Op Art, Pop Art


  • Acc. No. GMA 1539
  • Medium Oil on two shaped canvases, attached by metal struts
  • Size 205.20 x 205.20 cm; 106.00 x 106.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1976