Derek Boshier rose to prominence early in his career. In 1961, while he was still a student at the Royal College of Art, Whitechapel Gallery presented the landmark exhibition “Young Contemporaries”, featuring his works alongside those of his classmates David Hockney, Allen Jones, R.B. Kitaj, and Peter Phillips.
Boshier’s work of the period dealt with the space race, pop music and the Americanisation of Britain. Just about every part of British life, the artist observed, from its fashions to its entertainment to its Kellogg’s-based breakfasts, was increasingly shaped by America’s far reaching advertising and cultural dominance. To this day, the visual artifacts of mass culture remain potent ingredients in the artist’s work where corporate logos commingle with history, art, and poetry.
He has been the subject of over 91 solo exhibitions at prestigious galleries, museums and institutions. His work features in numerous public collections including; the Tate (London), the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen (UK), the Menil Collection, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.