Richard Hamilton  (British, 1922-2011) 

Richard Hamilton (British, February 24, 1922–September 13, 2011) was a painter and collage artist. He was one of the first creators of Pop Art. Hamilton, who was born in London, England, took evening art classes before studying painting at the Royal Academy School in 1938. He left school to work as an industrial designer. Returning to the Academy in 1946, Hamilton was later expelled for not following the directions of his instructors. He continued his education at Sade School of Art, in London, from 1948 to 1955.

Starting in 1948, Hamilton found himself heavily influenced by the works of James Joyce (Irish, 1882–1941) and Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887–1968). Hamilton did the illustrations for the James book Ulysses. Hamilton began to exhibit his work at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. It was at the Institute where Eduardo Paolozzi (Scottish, 1924–2005) displayed his collage work. His first major work in collage was titled Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing? (1956). The collage shows a nude couple, cut from the pages of magazine relaxing among images of modern convenience.

Hamilton found himself focusing more on everyday popular culture and he began to produce work that defined that culture in his own words , such as "Popular, Transient, Expendable, Low Cost, Mass Produced, Young, Witty, Sexy, Gimmicky, Glamorous, and Big Business." The painting AAH (1962) illustrates his thoughts on popular culture of the time. The well-known Portrait of Hugh Gaitskell as a Famous Monster of Filmland (1964) was done in response to the snobbish dismissal the upper class showed towards popular culture and Pop Art. It was a black-and-white photograph of the deceased British Labour Party leader painted over with oil. In 1977, Hamilton teamed up with the artist Dieter Roth (Icelandic, 1930–1998) to produce a series of stylistic paintings entitled Collaborations of Ch. Rotham, in which they adopted several different artistic voices in each painting they produced. Hamilton was commissioned by the Beatles to do the cover art work for their album White Album (1968). He landed the job via a mutual friend and gallery owner. Many of Hamilton's works are displayed at the Tate Gallery in London, England, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY. Hamilton died on September 13, 2011, in Oxfordshire, England.

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Richard Hamilton, Putting on de Stijl


Richard Hamilton
Putting on de Stijl

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Richard Hamilton, Five Tyres Remoulded


Richard Hamilton
Five Tyres Remoulded

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Richard Hamilton, Interior with Monochromes


Richard Hamilton
Interior with Monochromes

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Richard Hamilton, Fashion Plate


Richard Hamilton
Fashion Plate

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Richard Hamilton, Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different?


Richard Hamilton
Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different?

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Richard Hamilton, Trichromatic flower-piece


Richard Hamilton
Trichromatic flower-piece

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Richard Hamilton, Fashion-plate


Richard Hamilton

Silvan Faessler Fine Art
Richard Hamilton, Swingeing London 67 – Poster (Drakonisches London 67 - Poster)


Richard Hamilton
Swingeing London 67 – Poster (Drakonisches London 67 - Poster)

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Richard Hamilton, Self-portrait


Richard Hamilton

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Richard Hamilton, Whitley Bay (10 works)


Richard Hamilton
Whitley Bay (10 works), 1965
hand-colored photographs w/ screenprint in red


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Richard Hamilton, Putting on de Stijl


Richard Hamilton
Putting on de Stijl, 1979
color collotype and screenprint


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Richard Hamilton, Release


Richard Hamilton
Release, 1972
color serigraph w/collaged silver foil


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1922   Born in London, UK
1934   Attended evening classes in art at local LCC adult education centres in Pimlico and Southwark, though under age, with the generous encouragement of the teacher Mr. Smith, London, UK
1936   Attended evening classes in art at Westminter School of Art, Vincent Square (teachers included Mark Gertler and Bernard Meninsky) and St Martins' s School of Art (teachers included William Roberts), London, UK
1938   Started studying painting at the Royal Academy Schools, London, UK
1948 - 1951   Continued studying at the Royal Academy Schools and the Slade School of Art, London, UK
1952   Instructor, Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, UK
Founded the Independent Group with Paolozzi
1960   Recipient, William and Noma Copley Award
1957 - 1961   Instructor of Interior Design, Royal College of Art, London, UK
1962   Interviewed Marcel Duchamp for BBC TV, Monitor programme
First showed Pop paintings, with Hockney, Kitaj and Peter Blake
1953 - 1966   Lecturer, Fine Art Department, King' s College, University of Durham (later University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
1966   Finished reconstruction of the Large Glass and presented it with all the studies in the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
1969   Recipient, joint first prize (with Mary Martin) in John Moores exhibition, Liverpool, UK
1970   Recipient, Talens Prize International
1991   Delivered the William Townsend Memorial Lecture on The Hard Copy Problem at University College, London, UK
  Lives and works in Oxfordshire, England
2008   Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican, London, UK
For the Spirit: From the UBS Art Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2007   The Secret Public, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
Rock 'N' Roll Vol I, Sorlandet Art Museum, Kristiansand, Norway
2006   Sound Zero, Kunst Meran, Meran, Italy
2005   Looking at Words, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
Summer of Love Art of the Psychedelic Era, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
2004   Funny Cuts: Cartoons and Comics in der zeitgenossische Kunst, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Multiple Strategies, Cincinnati Contempoerary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
2003   In Perspective: Retrospective of Drawings and Paintings, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2002   Imaging Ulysses, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland and The British Museum, London, UK (solo)
Print Retrospective, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland (solo)
2001   Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Prints 1968-1998, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1998   New technology and Printmaking, Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1992   A Print Retrospective, Waddington Graphics, London, UK (solo)
1990   Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy (solo)
1989   Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1986   National Gallery of Canada, Toronto, Canada (solo)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
1985   Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (solo)
1984   National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
1982 - 1984   Waddington Graphics, London, UK (solo)
1983   Nishimura Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
1978   The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (solo)
1977   The Tate Gallery, London, UK (solo)
1974   Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh, Scotland (solo)
1972   Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (solo)
1971   Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy (solo)
Castelli Graphics, New York, NY (solo)
1970   The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada (solo)
1950   Gimpel Fils, London, UK
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
  Tate Gallery, London, UK
  Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
  Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA