Caught Short is a humorous work by the artist painted in the early years of his career. Visually this work draws influence from Patrick Caulfield, as the flat colours separated by strong black lines echo this. This work's aesthetic is also rooted in the 1960s pop art style, as the artist has used bright, bold colours, some of which contrast with each other.
Pete drew on a memory when creating this work, taking us right back to the 1970s. "I don't know what it was but kids never seemed to be allowed to use the toilets easily when out and about, like they can nowadays. It was difficult to just simply nip into a department store to use the facilities, so every now and then you'd see a young child being aimed over a grate in the street by a parent or grandparent, trying to hit the chosen target as quickly and discreetly as possible. Needless to say, this seemed to prove difficult."
This original painting has been taken from the McKee collection. The painting has been signed twice. One signature has been placed in the bottom left hand corner of the work; the other is seen on the reverse of the painting alongside a doodle. The reverse also features its original gallery label.
This painting measures 65cm x 80cm.
Emulsion on board.
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