Richard William Hamilton
British painter and collage artist. 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, are considered by critics and historians to be among the earliest works of pop art. Hamilton’s early work was much influenced by D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson’s. In 1957 he, his definition of Pop art was “Pop Art is: popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, and Big Business”. During the 1970s, Richard Hamilton enjoyed international acclaim with a number of major exhibitions being organised of his work.
American pop artist. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the basic premise of pop art better than any other through parody. His work was heavily influenced by both popular advertising and the comic book style. He described pop art as, “not ‘American’ painting but actually industrial painting”.
In his early years, he earned his living as a billboard painter. Such training would eventually allow the artist to flourish in the pop art scene by applying sign-painting techniques to the large-scale paintings he began creating in 1960. Although he is well considered by critics to be a protagonist of the pop art movement, his work emerged separately from other pop art icons such as Warhol and Lichtenstein. He is especially known for combining fragmented images in abstract and provocative ways.
Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Home So Different, So Appealing? by Richard Hamilton CC BY
“Painting by James Rosenquist: Females and Flowers, 1984 (Oil on canvas)” by James Rosenquist CC BY