Soft Pink Landscape, 1980
72 x 90,5 cm
Often referred to as the intellectual father of Pop Art, Hamilton is known for his complex and intricate images reflecting the icons of mass production, consumption, and culture. Hamilton’s pioneering vision for contemporary art is one that mirrors the diversity, vitality, and banality of everyday life. His 1956 collage, Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?, is one of the most celebrated images of twentieth century British art, and considered by some critics as the inaugurating work of the Pop Movement. Hamilton is also recognized as a prolific and groundbreaking printmaker.
Hamilton was born in London (24 February 1922 – 13 September 2011), and attended the Slade School of Art from 1948-51. In 1952 he co-founded the Independent Group, a subsidiary of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, with fellow artist Eduardo Paolozzi. Hamilton has received numerous awards including The Slade Etching and Engraving Prize, 1951, The World Print Council Award, 1983, and the Praemium Imperiale in 2008. Retrospective exhibitions of Hamilton's work have among other places been held at the Hanover Gallery, 1964, and the Tate Gallery, 1970 and 1992. He taught at the London Central School of Arts and Crafts and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and was Britain's representative at the 1993 Venice Biennale. Hamilton lived and worked in Northend, UK.