Richard Hamilton

English (1922 - 2011)
Richard Hamilton Four Self-Portraits - 05.3.81 1990 © Estate of Richard Hamilton. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2016


Born 1922
Died 2011
Nationality English
Birth place London

Hamilton was born in London. During the 1950s he was an influential figure in the move away from Abstract Expressionism towards a more intellectual, conceptual type of work. His early preoccupation with consumer culture and the imagery of advertising makes him one of the forerunners of Pop Art. He was much indebted to Marcel Duchamp, introducing wit, irony and dislocation into his work, and avoiding a particular style. It could even be said that style was the subject of his work. He used photography, painting, installation and printmaking, often in combination, and always in a questioning, critical way.

Glossary terms

  • An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.