Richard Hamilton (1922-2011)
Visionary artist and painter, the founder of pop art in the 50s who laid the foundations for a generation of world famous artists to come. In his own words, “Pop art would be popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, and Big Business.” It was not just an art movement, it was a way of life. It meant total immersion in popular culture: movies, television, magazines and music. Hamilton was born in London and found he had a skill for drawing at the age of 10. At the young age of 16 he was accepted on a scholarship into the Royal Academy of Art.