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British: 23 of 332 Total Artists
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British Painter

Movement: Expressionism

Born: October 28, 1909 - Dublin, Ireland

Died: April 28, 1992 - Madrid, Spain

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.Expressionism Portraiture British

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British Graffiti artist, political activist, and film director

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Born: c. 1965 - 1974 - Bristol, England

Banksy is a contemporary British Street/Graffiti artist who in recent years has received enormous attention for his politicized and guerilla-style wall murals and large installations. Banksy's style is characterized by its dark humor and an iconic stenciling technique.

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English Painter

Movements and Styles: The Bloomsbury Group Artists, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism

Born: May 30, 1879 - London, United Kingdom

Died: April 7, 1961 - Firle, United Kington

One of the most renowned artists of the Bloomsbury Group, Vanessa Bell was an innovative painter and interior designer. Rejecting the Victorian style of narrative painting and notions of ideal femininity, Bell used her personal life in her paintings to explore modern life.

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British Painter

Movement: Pop Art

Born: June 25, 1932 - Dartford, England

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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British Painter

Movement: Neo-Expressionism

Born: 1969 - London, England

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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British Painter and Decorative Artist

Movement: Proto-Feminist Artists

Born: March 29, 1893 - Hereford, England

Died: March 11, 1932 - Newbury, England

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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British Painter

Movements and Styles: Surrealism, Proto-Feminist Artists

Born: April 6, 1917 - Clayton Green, Lancashire, England

Died: May 25, 2011 - Mexico City, Mexico

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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British Sculptor, Photographer, Painter, and Conceptual Artist

Movements and Styles: Young British Artists, Conceptual Art, Feminist Art, Body Art

Born: July 3, 1963 - London, UK

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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British Sculptor

Movement: Modern Sculpture

Born: November 10, 1880 - New York City, New York

Died: August 19, 1959 - London England

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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British Painter

Movements and Styles: Expressionism, Neo-Expressionism, Realism, School of London

Born: December 8, 1922 - Berlin, Germany

Died: July 20, 2011 - London, England

Lucian Freud devoted himself almost entirely to portraiture, applying richer colors and impasto brushstrokes into his intense character studies.

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British Painter

Movements and Styles: Rococo, Realism, Romanticism

Born: May 14, 1727 - Sudbury, England

Died: August 2, 1788 - London, England

Thomas Gainsborough was an English portrait and landscape painter, as well as a founding member of the Royal Academy. Gainsborough's works were celebrated all over England; he was considered to be the preeminent British painter of his time.

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British Pop collage artist and painter

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, British Pop Art

Born: February 24, 1922 - London, England

Died: September 13, 2011 - London, England

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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British Sculptor

Movements and Styles: Surrealism, Modern Sculpture

Born: January 10, 1903 - Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK

Died: May 20, 1975 - St Ives, Cornwall, UK

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

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British Sculptor and Painter

Movements and Styles: Young British Artists, Installation Art, Conceptual Art

Born: June 7, 1965 - Bristol, England

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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British-American Painter

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, British Pop Art, Nouveau Réalisme

Born: July 9, 1937 - Bradford, UK

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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British-Indian Sculptor, Painter, and Installation Artist

Movements and Styles: Post-Minimalism, Neo-Expressionism, Installation Art

Born: 1954 - Mumbai, India

Anish Kapoor is a leading contemporary sculptor and conceptual artist whose work is characterized by its simple and organic forms, that are both earthly and ethereal - such as Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millenium Park.

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British Sculptor and Land Artist

Movements and Styles: Land Art, Conceptual Art, Post-Minimalism

Born: June 2nd, 1945 - Bristol, England

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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British Sculptor

Movement: Surrealism

Born: July 30, 1898 - Castleford, Yorkshire, England

Died: August 31, 1986 - Much Hadham, East Hertfordshire, England

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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British Collage Artist and Sculptor

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, Art Brut, Modern Sculpture

Born: March 7, 1924 - Leith, Scotland

Died: April 22, 2005 - London, England

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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British Painter

Movement: Op Art

Born: April 24, 1931 - London, UK

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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