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British Pop Artists

David Hockney

David Hockney, (born 1937) is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer.

An important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. Hockney made references to popular culture and used a strong sense of irony.
 A picture by David Hockney - Nichols Canyon  A picture by David Hockney - Nichols Canyon  David Hockney's self portrait  David Hockney's self portrait  A bigger Splash  A bigger Splash

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Peter Blake

Peter Blake (born 1932) is an English pop artist. He is best known for his depiction of popular culture un a naive style.

Self portrait with Badges Self portrait with Badges Blake used a variety of techniques, including collage, oil painting, photography and drawing. His work counter the thesis that Pop art was the result of a critical or merely ironic attitude to popular culture as spread by the mass media. Blake shows his attachment to the content of the mid-twentieth century popular culture, he feels no necessity to subscribe to the pictorial forms it employs. Blake uses photographs as a starting point, he spontaneously reintroduces a sensuality of touch in his paintings that is completely alien among other Pop artists.

On the Balcony On the Balcony The picture on the left, called "On the Balcony", indicates the artist's sole sources of inspiration and sole obsession. Whether he juxtaposes photographs of 'idols' with broad strips of colour, lovingly reconstructs a toy-shop window, combines a realistic portrait of a music-hall or circus star or all-in wrestling champion with an assortment of small objects to complete the significance of the icon, Blake seems much less anxious to define a style attuned to his private obsessions than to extend them and celebrate their themes.

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Ronald Brooks Kitaj

Ronald Brooks Kitaj (1932 – 2007) is an artist who had a significant influence on British Pop Art.
Kitaj’s work is a perpetual commentary made on one image by other images, on colour drawing, and a political and aesthetic commentary on a cultural theme. At every point we meet formal elisions which tend to make this or that structure (face or silhouette, for example) undecipherable, at the same time as we encounter accumulations of figured elements or stylistic procedures, as if the painter was simultaneously as prey to the two opposing temptations: to exhaust the subject he is treating and to escape from it.

Value, price and profit Value, price and profit Ohio Gang Ohio Gang

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Richard Hamilton

Richard Hamilton (born 1922) is an English painter and collage artist.
Just What Is It that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing? Just What Is It that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing? The collage Just What Is It That Makes Today's Home So Different, So Appealing? (the picture on the left), executed in 1956, can already be seen as a summing-up of Pop culture. Usually, in fact, he proceeds by accumulating information and techniques. In his work Hamilton is using technical accumulations such as oil-paint, photo-collage and metal, oil-painting and silk-screen, or spraying coloured inks on to a photograph with an air-brush.

Chrysler Chrysler Hamilton's attachment to a multiplicity of sources and procedures seems to point to a desire for effacement with regard to the subject which is also considered as a method of recognizing the relativity of view-points. All this may well conceal a fundamentally romantic view, already discernible in the caressing delicacy of the curves and Soft Pink Landscape Soft Pink Landscape touches of colour in Hommage a Chrysler Corp. (right), which comes to a climax in a work such rare freshness as Soft Pink Landscape (left).

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