Welcome to the authorised website for Pauline Boty, one of the founders of British Pop art.

Contained within are sections for News, Timelines, Articles, Lists of Works [including Boty’s paintings, collages and stained glass], Exhibitions and more

Pauline Boty was born on 6 March 1938 in Croydon, south London. After being awarded a scholarship to Wimbledon School of Art in 1954 she enrolled at the Royal College of Art in 1958 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 – in particular Marilyn Monroe – 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 perspective, together with her free-spirited lifestyle, has made her a herald of 1970s feminism.

Pauline Boty in the Junior Common Room at the RCA with John Watson and Alan Cooper of The Temperance Seven rehearsing in the background, late 1960 or early 1961. © Geoffrey Raymond Reeve

In her short life (6 March 1938 – 1 July 1966) 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 Darling — and so much more…

The website is divided into the following sections:

Home lists notable events, exhibitions and performances involving Boty under the categories Timeline, Exhibitions and Onscreen, Onstage, Radio. For visitors new to the life and work of Pauline Boty we would recommend starting with the Timeline and then working through the other sections and categories.

POLL Here you can vote for your favourite of Boty’s 21 surviving major paintings.

Works by category lists Boty’s Paintings, Collages, Drawings, Lithographs, Stained Glass and Design, with additional sections on Sources for Paintings and Collages and a map showing current Locations of works.

In focus contains links to websites for Photos, Publications and Articles online, works with Boty as subject, an Interview with Derek Boshier and an ongoing analysis of the Collaged wall created by Boty.

The final three sections are for News, information About this site and Contact details – all feedback is very welcome.

The different sections can also be accessed via the menus available at top and a search field is available at the foot of each page.

5-4-3-2-1, 1963

Pauline Boty’s biography at Wikipedia is here [link] whilst the definitive book available on her life and work is Pauline Boty: Pop Artist and Woman, 2013, by Sue Tate [link]