Biography of Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton (born 1922 in London, UK; died 2011) was a British painter and graphic designer. In the 1950s, he became a member of The Independent Group, an artist association regarded as the forerunner of the British Pop-Art movement. Inspired by the American culture of commerce, Hamilton worked with materials such as Hollywood-posters, footage and advertising leaflets. The artist soon became a central figure in the international Pop-Art scene, himself describing the movement as "popular, transient, expendable, low cost, mass produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, [and] big business".
One of Richard Hamilton's landmark works is the collage, Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing? (1956). In addition to collages, the creation of multiples and prints always played an important role in Hamilton's work as he consistently attempted to challenge himself. The graphic print, in particular, was one of his favorite mediums. Richard would commonly reproduce already existing works, which he then decontextualized through the use of different colors, materials and techniques. Keen to break boundaries and experiment with new technologies, Hamilton began to create digital artworks in the 1980s and was honored with the renowned World Print Council Award in 1983.