CusArtisttom Category: Pop Art

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… Read more »

Jeff Keen (1923-2012)

An experimental film-maker, poet and artist, an important contributor to the counterculture scene in Britain, whose rapid-fire animations, multiple screen projections and raucous performances redefined multimedia art in Britain.  His work was recently acquired by the TATE following a retrospective at the Brighton Museum in 2012.  Keen used highly innovative techniques of superimposition and editing… Read more »

Derek Boshier (b1937)

Noted pioneering pop artist who studied at the Royal College of Art, alongside R.B Kitaj, Allen Jones and David Hockney. It was within his ‘Image in Revolt’ exhibition at London’s Grabowski Gallery that Boshier launched his career, introducing icons of American consumer culture with the incorporation of big brand logos within his work.  Work that… Read more »

James Rosenquist (1939-2017)

One of the pioneers of American pop art who died in early 2017, known for incorporating advertising images into psychedelic compositions.  His name sits alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg in American pop art history.  Having studied art on a scholarship, he spent the early years of his career painting… Read more »

Chris Plowman (1952-2009)

Chris Plowman was a sculptor, printmaker and lecturer before his untimely death in 2009.  He was a student of Fine Art at Wolverhampton Polytechnic before going on to postgraduate study at the Royal College of Art (RCA), where he achieved a Masters in Printmaking.  He particularly excelled in printmaking and sculpture, steel being a favoured… Read more »

Sidney Jonas Budnick (1921-94)

American abstract artist from New York City, who was one of the founders of the American Abstract Art Group and whose works are represented in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Oregon Art Museum.  He was a friend of Dutch artist Mondrian who was a big influence on his work. … Read more »

Joe Tilson RA (b1928)

Printmaker, painter and sculptor, a leading light in British Pop Art. Tilson studied at St Martin’s and the Royal College of Art along with Peter Blake, R B Kitaj and David Hockney and where he received the Rome Prize.  He returned after a year to teach at St Martin’s followed by the Slade School, UCL… Read more »

Tim Mara (1948-97)

An experimental and groundbreaking printmaker, who trained at the Royal College of Art.  He was Professor of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art from 1991 until his death. His compositions were likened to the 1970s pop art movement, although he did not wish to be thought of as a pop artist, his heroes being… Read more »

Patrick Caulfield RA (1936-2005)

One of the “New Generation” of 1960s British Pop and abstract artists. Caulfield’s bold paintings and prints incorporated everyday objects in still lifes and ordinary domestic interiors and were defined by strong graphic design, black outlines, and bright, saturated colours.  Caulfield was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1987 and shared the Jerwood Painting Prize… Read more »

Derrick Greaves (b1927)

Derrick Greaves is one of the most important British painters of the last half century. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, he rose to prominence in the 1950s, when he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. A successful artist and teacher at various high profile art schools, his work has developed from the… Read more »

Antony Donaldson (b1939)

Donaldson studied at the Regent Street Polytechnic followed by the Slade School in 1958-62 and did a Post graduate qualification in Fine Art at the University of London in 1962-3. He joined the teaching staff at Chelsea and in 1963 came 2nd in the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition.  A friend of Peter Phillips, Allen Jones… Read more »

Jim Dine RA (b1935)

American artist and printmaker closely associated with pop art in the early 1960s, who was made an honorary Royal Academician in 2015. Born in Ohio where he studied in Cincinnati, he moved to New York in 1959.  He has had a number of major retrospectives including at the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney… Read more »