British painter and collage artist Richard Hamilton is regarded as one of the pioneers of the British Pop Art movement.
Richard Hamilton’s first Pop Art exhibition opened at the Hanover Gallery in London in 1955. The art exhibition was the result of work Hamilton had created as a member of the Independent Group at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. Together with group members Eduardo Paolozzi and Lawrence Alloway, Richard Hamilton developed what was to become British Pop Art, and much like American Pop Art, this style blurred the boundaries between high and low culture. As Hamilton famously wrote, modern art should be “popular (designed for a mass audience), transient (short-term solution), expendable (easily forgotten), low-cost, mass-produced, young (aimed at youth), witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, big business.” This description sums up Hamilton’s artwork perfectly.
Throughout his prolific career Hamilton continued to explore complex combinations of styles and techniques. Influencing artists such as David Hockney and Peter Blake, Hamilton lives up to the name attributed to him by Damien Hirst – ‘the greatest’.