richard hamilton


(London, United Kingdom 1922. He lives and works in North End, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom)

He discovered his gift for drawing while working for a firm of electric components; he then enrolled in the Royal Academy School of London. In the 1940s, he produced his first works, and held his first solo exhibition in 1950, while teaching at the Central School of Arts and Crafts; there he met Paolozzi and started with him the Independent Group, contributing to the development pop art in Britain. In 1956 he made his first pop collage, the poster for the exhibition This Is Tomorrow at the Whitechapel Gallery. In the 1960s, he created a series of prints entitled Swingeing London, a commentary on Robert Frazer and Mick Jagger’s arrest for drugs. Several of his works are commentaries on social and political life of the time. In 1965, he carried out the pop version of Duchamp’s Le Grand Verre. Three years later, he was the curator of Duchamp’s greatest retrospective at the Tate Gallery. Keen to embrace certain types of technology within his art, Hamilton began creating computer-generated works in the 1980s. In 1968, he took part in Documenta in Kassel, where he would return in 1977 and 1997. In 1979, and again in 1992, the Tate Gallery hosted a great retrospective exhibition. In 1993 Hamilton represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale and was awarded the Golden Lion.


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