Richard Hamilton (1922 – 2011) was a British artist and one of the founders of pop art. His work often explored the relationship between art, celebrity, and consumer culture.
Richard Hamilton was born in London in 1922. He studied at the Royal Academy of Arts and then at the Slade School of Fine Art. After serving in World War II, he became a leading member of the avant-garde British art group known as the Independent Group.
In 1956, Hamilton organized the groundbreaking exhibition “Man, Machine, and Motion” at the London Transport Museum. This was one of the first exhibitions to explore the relationship between pop culture and art.
Hamilton’s most famous work is probably his collage “Just What Is It that Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?,” which was created in 1956. This work satirizes the consumer culture of post-war Britain.
Hamilton continued to explore the relationship between art and consumer culture throughout his career. He died in 2011.