Richard Hamilton

Photograph by Nicholas Sinclair

Richard Hamilton was one of the most influential British artists of the late 20th century. He worked in a variety of mediums, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, typography and collage. He went on teaching at the London Central School of Arts and Crafts and University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Hamilton was a key member of the Independent Group, a collective of artists, writers and architects at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London that formed in the 1950s. Throughout his long career, Hamilton’s work combined art and design and revealed his lifelong interest in technology. After concentrating on experimenting with printmaking processes in the late 1970s, he began working with computers in the 1980s, a practice he continued until his death in 2011. At the same time his work became more political, taking on topics such as the Gulf War and the Troubles in Northern Ireland. 

Hamilton represented Britain at the 1993 Venice Biennale. His work is held in major collections around the world.