Pauline Boty (1938-1966) was one of the relatively few women artists to be involved in the Pop Art movement. Boty studied at Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where she met and worked with the key figures of Pop Art. After graduating in 1960 and before her tragically early death in 1966 at the age of only 28, her collages and large canvases were exhibited in a number of group shows and in her first solo exhibition was held at the Grabowski Gallery in 1963. 


She featured with Derek Boshier, Peter Blake and Peter Philips in the BBC film 'Pop Goes the Easel' in 1962. David Mellor exhibited Boty’s work in his important show on the 60s at the Barbican in 1993 and again in a joint Anglo-French exhibition, held in Brighton in 1997. In her work, Boty explored cultural constructions of femininity and artistic identity.  Radical in her thought and a rebel by nature, Boty broke with all conventions and is now hailed as a pioneer of feminism. 


A major retrospective exhibition was held at Whitford Fine Art and Mayor Gallery, London, Nov-Dec 1998. During 2013-2014 Pallant House Gallery Chichester hosted "Pauline Boty: Pop Artist and Woman" and in 2014 Wolverhampton Art Gallery hosted a retrospective of her work. 


Public collections include
Tate Gallery, London

National Portrait Gallery, London

Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton

Muzeum Sztuki w Lodzi, Lotdz

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington




TATE, Sue. Pauline Boty: Pop Artist and Woman. Wolverhampton Art Gallery & Museums, UK

WATLING Sue and David MELLOR. Pauline Boty: The Only Blonde in the World. Whitford Fine Art, The Major Gallery, London, 1998

The Sixites: Britain and France, 1962-1973: The Utopian Years, edited by David MELLOR and L. GERVEREAU, London, 1997

David, MELLOR. The Sixties Art Scene in London. London, 1993

RIDEAL, Liz and Kethleen SORIANO. Madam and Eve, Women Portraying Women. London, 2018

MDENICOV, L. Melissa,  'The Sound and Look of Melodrama in Paulin Boty's Pop Paintings' in Pop Art and Popular Music, New York, 2018


Solo Exhibitions

2014, Pauline Boty and Pop Art, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland 

2013 - 14, Pauline Boty: Pop Artist and Woman, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton and touring, Pallant House, Chichester

1998, Pauline Boty - The Only Blonde in the World, The Mayor Gallery and Whitford Fine Art, London

1963, Pauline Boty, Grabowski Gallery, London


Group Exhibitions

2016, Pop Art Heroes Britain, Whitford Fine Art, London

2013, When Britain went Pop! British Pop Art: The Early Years, Christie's Mayfair, London

2005 - 2006, British Pop, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao

1996, Les Sixties: Great Britain and France 1962 - 1973, Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, Paris and    Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton

1995, Post War to Pop, Whitford Fine Art, London

1993, The Sixties Art Scene in London, Barbican Art Gallery, London

1982, Pop Art, Galeria 'Pro', Koszalin, Poland; Miedzy Hiperrealizmem a Pop-Artem, Museum Regionalne, Radomsko, Poland

1981, Realizm Spoleczny Pop-Artu, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland

1966, Spring Exhibition, Cartwright Memorial Hall, Bradford

1965, Spring Exhibition, Cartwright Memorial Hall, Bradford; Contemporary Art, Grabowski Gallery, London

1963, Pop Art, Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham

1962, New Approaches to the Figure, Arthur Jeffress Gallery, London; New Art, Congress House, London

1961, Blake, Boty, Porter, Reeve, AIA Gallery, London

1960 - 61, Modern Stained Glass, Arts Council Tour

1959, Young Contemporaries, RBA Galleries, London

1957, Young Contemporaries, RBA Galleries, London