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Richard Hamilton

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Birth year

Lives in
Oxfordshire, UK

Works in
Oxfordshire, UK

Current Exhibitions and Events
Mar, 2014 Contemporary Art Society: The Best is Not Too Good for You
Whitechapel Gallery
Feb, 2014 Solo Exhibition
Tate Modern
Nov, 2013 Parallel of Life and Art
The Hepworth Wakefield

Richard Hamilton is an English painter and collage artist. His 1956 collage titled Just What Is It that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?, produced for the This Is Tomorrow exhibition of the Independent Group in London, is considered by critics and historians to be one of the early works of Pop Art.

From the mid-1960s, Hamilton was represented by Robert Fraser and even produced a series of prints Swingeing London based on Fraser's arrest, along with Mick Jagger, for possession of drugs. This association with the 1960s Pop Music scene continued as Hamilton became friends with Paul McCartney resulting in him producing the cover design and poster collage for the Beatles' White Album. In 1992 the Tate Gallery in London organised a major retrospective of Hamilton's career with an accompanying catalogue. which provides the most comprehensive review of his career. In 1993 Hamilton represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale and was awarded the Golden Lion.

In February 2002, the British Museum staged an exhibition of Hamilton's illustrations of James Joyce's Ulysses, entitled Imaging Ulysses. A book of Hamilton's illustrations was published simultaneously, with text by Stephen Coppel. In the book, Hamilton explained that the idea of illustrating this complex, experimental novel occurred to him when he was doing his National Service in 1947. His first preliminary sketches were made while at the Slade School of Art, and he continued to refine and re-work the images over the next 50 years.


Recent Exhibits

Richard Hamilton participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2014 Eduardo Paolozzi and the Birth of British Pop Art
A&D Gallery
Feb, 2014 Richard Hamilton- Word and Image, Prints 1963
Alan Cristea Gallery - 31 Cork St
Feb, 2014 Word and Image. Prints 1963-2007
Alan Cristea Gallery- 34 Cork St
Feb, 2014 Hamilton at the ICA
Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
Feb, 2014 Re-View: Onnasch Collection
Hauser & Wirth 18th Street New York
Jan, 2014 Editions & Acquisitions 2013
Alan Cristea Gallery - 31 Cork St
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Alan Cristea Gallery - 31 Cork St
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