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Below are biographies and analysis of the achievements of British artists. We are adding more artists every week, so stay tuned as the most important artists in modern art are given proper coverage.

British: 18 of 298 Total Artists
Bacon, Francis Biography, Art & Analysis

Bacon, Francis

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Francis Bacon was an Irish-born, English painter and one of the 20th century's most celebrated and controversial existentialist artists. Bacon favored dark subject matter, often painting slightly abstracted, biomorphic figures, with bodies contorted or in the throes of madness. Painterly themes of Bacon's include the crucifixion, isolation and the mind's fragility. Bacon was also one of the few English artists of any prominence in modern and contemporary circles during the better part of the 20th century.Portraiture British

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Blake, Peter Biography, Art & Analysis

Blake, Peter

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Peter Blake is a British Pop artist that has made many iconic images including the cover for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

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Brown, Cecily Biography, Art & Analysis

Brown, Cecily

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Brown, Cecily Famous Art

Cecily Brown is a British painter, best known for her works that incorporate visual elements of figuration and abstraction into an explosive style that builds upon aspects of Willem de Kooning's practice.

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Carrington, Dora Biography, Art & Analysis

Carrington, Dora

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Carrington, Dora Famous Art

Beyond her dramatic biography and personality, Carrington brought a unique blend of styles to her work, drawing from movements as disparate as Impressionism, Primitivism, and Surrealism. Her sensitive rendering of her subjects reveals an artist with a keen eye who made an unrivalled contribution to European art of the early twentieth century.

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Carrington, Leonora Biography, Art & Analysis

Carrington, Leonora

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Leonora Carrington art is often dreamlike imagery with highly detailed compositions of fantastical creatures in otherworldly settings Her themes of metamorphosis and magic, as well as its frequent whimsy, have given it an enduring appeal.

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Emin, Tracey Biography, Art & Analysis

Emin, Tracey

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Tracey Emin is a British artist and a member of the famed YBA's (Young British Artists). She is best known for her provocative and sexually-charged works, often in the form of personal traumatic events exhibited in an unapologeticly and willfully to the public.

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Epstein, Jacob Biography, Art & Analysis

Epstein, Jacob

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Jacob Epstein was an American-born British sculptor who helped pioneer modern sculpture. He often produced controversial works, which challenged taboos on what was appropriate subject matter for public artworks. He also made paintings and drawings.

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Freud, Lucian Biography, Art & Analysis

Freud, Lucian

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Lucian Freud is a German-British painter, and the grandson of Sigmund Freud. He devoted himself almost entirely to portraiture, applying richer colors and impasto brushstrokes. In 2000 he was commissioned to paint England's Queen Elizabeth II.

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Hamilton, Richard Biography, Art & Analysis

Hamilton, Richard

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Hamilton, Richard Famous Art

Richard Hamilton is an English painter and collage artist, and is best known as a founding member of the British Independent Group, which launched the mid-century Pop art movement. Hamilton's 1956 collage 'Just What Is It That Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing?' is widely considered one of the first works of Pop art.

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Hepworth, Barbara Biography, Art & Analysis

Hepworth, Barbara

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Barbara Hepworth was an English sculptor. She helped develop modern sculpture, along with her contemporaries Henry Moore and Naum Gabo. She won a scholarship and studied at the Leeds School of Art in 1920, where she met Moore.Feminist Art Modern Sculpture Surrealism Abstraction British

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Hirst, Damien Biography, Art & Analysis

Hirst, Damien

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Damien Hirst is a British installation and conceptual artist, and in the 1980s was a founding member of the Young British Artists (YBAs). His best known work is Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), comprised of a dead tiger shark suspended in a vitrine of formaldehyde.

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Hockney, David Biography, Art & Analysis

Hockney, David

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David Hockney is an English painter, photographer, collagist and designer. Hockney's influence was particularly felt during the Pop art movement on the 1960s, yet his work has also suggested mixed media and expressionistic tendencies.

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Long, Richard Biography, Art & Analysis

Long, Richard

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Long, Richard Famous Art

Much of Richard Long's work is considered a response to the natural environments he enters, incorporating mixed-media and various non-art elements such as landscape, rock, maps, and text.

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Moore, Henry Biography, Art & Analysis

Moore, Henry

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Moore, Henry Famous Art

Henry Moore was an English sculptor and artist. He was best known for his abstract monumental bronze sculptures. His forms are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures.

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Paolozzi, Eduardo Biography, Art & Analysis

Paolozzi, Eduardo

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Eduardo Paolozzi was a Scottish sculptor, printmaker and multi-media artist, and a pioneer in the early development of Pop art. His 1947 print 'I Was a Rich Man's Plaything' is considered the very first work of the movement. He was also a founder of the Independent Group in 1952.

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Riley, Bridget Biography, Art & Analysis

Riley, Bridget

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Riley is an English painter who is one of the foremost proponents of 1960s Op art movement. She painted black and white works that present a variety of geometric forms that produce sensations of movement or color, and that ultimately challenge the visual conventions of painting.

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Sisley, Alfred Biography, Art & Analysis

Sisley, Alfred

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Alfred Sisley was an English Impressionist landscape painter who spent much of his life working in France. As an enthusiast of plein air painting, Sisley was among the group of artists that included Monet, Renoir and Pissarro who dedicated themselves to capturing the transient effects of sunlight. He was a true Impressionist and committed landscape painter who never deviated from this style or subject into figurative work like many of his contemporaries.

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Turner, J.M.W. Biography, Art & Analysis

Turner, J.M.W.

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Turner, J.M.W. Famous Art

Joseph Mallord William Turner was a mid-nineteenth-century British painter and watercolorist. Considered a key forerunner to the French Impressionists and the American Hudson River School of painters, Turner is known in history as "the painter of light." His trademark land- and sea-scapes are categorized as Romantic and Naturalist, given the artist's expressive and poetic application of natural light. Turner was among the last great pre-modern painters.

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British: 18 of 298 Total Artists



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