In brief

In 1958 Pauline Boty (6 March 1938 – 1 July 1966) enrolled at the Royal College of Art [RCA] from where she went on to become a founder of British Pop art and the only female painter in the British wing of the movement.

Her vibrant body of work of paintings, collages and stained glass, often featuring individuals she admired, celebrated her self-assured femininity and female sexuality. Her later paintings introduced more political themes and overt or implicit criticism of the “man’s world” in which she lived. Her art with its notably feminine perespective, together with her free-spirited lifestyle, has made her a herald of 1970s feminism.

Untitled [self portrait of Pauline Boty], c. 1955
Untitled [self portrait], c. 1955

In her short life she also appeared onstage, in film and in numerous TV productions, hosted a fortnightly radio programme, regularly danced on Ready Steady Go!, introduced Bob Dylan to London, inspired Julie Christie’s role in the 1965 film Darlingand so much more

Pauline Boty’s biography at Wikipedia [link]