Father of Pop Art Richard Hamilton dies aged 89

  • 13 September 2011

The British artist Richard Hamilton, regarded by many as the father of Pop Art, died this morning aged 89.

Richard Hamilton, Four Self Portraits - 05.3.81, 1990 © Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton, the British artist often credited with inventing Pop Art, died this morning aged 89. His wide-ranging work spanned painting, printmaking and typography among other media, combining formidable draughtsmanship with political charge.

Hamilton studied at the Royal Academy Schools, and learned engineering draughtsmanship at a Government Training Centre before attending the Slade School of Art. His early work was inspired by D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson’s On Growth and Form, from which he borrowed the title for his 1951 exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

It was for the Whitechapel Gallery’s 1956 exhibition This is Tomorrow that Hamilton created his most famous work, a collage titled Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?, which is now recognized as one of the earliest pieces of 'Pop' art.

The Tate Gallery held major retrospectives of Hamilton’s work in 1970 and 1992, and in 1993 he represented Britain at the 1993 Venice Biennale.

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