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Below are biographies and analysis of the work of the artists central to the Pop Art movement. Read more about the movement on the Pop Art Overview page.

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Pop Art: 20 of 332 Total Artists
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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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American Painter, Printmaker, Sculptor, Poet, Conceptual and Performance Artist

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, Happenings, Conceptual Art, Performance Art

Born: June 16, 1935 - Cincinnati, Ohio

Jim Dine is an American painter commonly associated with the Neo-Dada and Pop art movements. In addition to showing alongside such Pop icons as Warhol, Lichtenstein and Ruscha, Dine is also well known for collaborating with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and John Cage on a series of "happenings".

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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-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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American Artist

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, Minimalism, Hard-edge Painting

Born: Born: September 13, 1928 - New Castle, Indiana

Best known for his iconic LOVE series, which has been reproduced in formats ranging from large public sculptures to postage stamps, Robert Indiana explores the American experience using everyday objects and language.

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American Painter and Printmaker

Movement: Neo-Dada

Born: May 15, 1930 - Augusta, Georgia

Jasper Johns is an American artist who rose to prominence in the late 1950s for his multi-media constructions, dubbed by critics as Neo-Dada. Johns' work, including his world-famous targets and American flags series, were important predecessors to Pop art.

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American Draftsman and Painter

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, Contemporary Realism

Born: July 24, 1927 - Brooklyn, New York

Alex Katz is an American figurative artist associated with the Pop art movement. In particular, he is known for his paintings, sculptures, and prints and is represented by numerous galleries internationally. Since the 1950s, he worked to create art more freely in the sense that he tried to paint "faster than [he] can think." His works seem simple, but according to Katz they are more reductive, which is fitting to his personality. Katz has received numerous accolades throughout his career, and has been the subject of a documentary and numerous publications.

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Japanese Painter, Sculptor, Photographer, Installation, Performance, and Conceptual Artist

Movements and Styles: Conceptual Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminist Art, Performance Art

Born: 1929

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese multimedia artist, best-known for her awe-inspiring and captivating installations of polka dots and psychedelic colors. Through her installations, poetry, paintings, performances, and film she importantly contributed to many of the post-war art movements.

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American Painter, Sculptor, and Lithographer

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, Postmodernism

Born: October 27, 1923 - New York, NY

Died: September 29, 1997 - New York, NY

Roy Lichtenstein was an American painter and a pioneer of the Pop art movement. His signature reproductions of comic book imagery eventually redefined how the art world viewed high vs. lowbrow art. Lichtenstein employed a unique form of painting called the Benday dot technique, in which small, closely-knit dots of paint were applied to form a much larger image.

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Japanese Painter, Sculptor, Installation artist, Curator, Art Critic, and Cultural Entrepreneur

Movements and Styles: Superflat, Neo Pop Art

Born: February 1, 1962 - Tokyo, Japan

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami draws on Japanese popular culture to create his anime-like style he calls Superflat, notable for its flat planes of bright color. He uses and abuses the confluence between high and low art, producing both commercial luxury goods, cheap trinkets, and fine art.

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American Sculptor

Movement: Pop Art

Born: January 28th, 1929 - Stockholm, Sweden

The Swedish-American artist and architect Claes Oldenburg, an early figure in New York happenings and Pop art, is best known for his floppy sculptures and larger-than-life public works of consumer goods, musical instruments, and everyday objects.

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Spanish Painter and Conceptual Artist

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, Conceptual Art, Feminist Art, Modern Photography

Born: 1946 - Valencia, Spain

Oliver is a Spanish Pop artist who collaborated with the collective Equipo Crónica while New Figuration was influencing the work of the group.

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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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American Collagist, Painter, and Graphic Artist

Movements and Styles: Neo-Dada, Performance Art, Digital Art, Modern Sculpture

Born: October 22, 1925 - Port Arthur, Texas

Died: May 12, 2008 - Captiva Island, Florida

Robert Rauschenberg, a key figure in early Pop Art, admired the textural quality of Abstract Expressionism but scorned its emotional pathos. His famous "Combines" are part sculpture, part painting, and part installation.

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American Painter

Movement: Pop Art

Born: November 29, 1933 - Grand Forks, North Dakota

Died: March 31, 2017 - New York City

James Rosenquist is an American Pop artist whose paintings feature fragments of faces, cars, consumer goods, and other items in bizarre juxtapositions. With their realist rendering and attention to surface textures, his works take up the visual language of advertising and entertainment.

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American Painter, Photomontage, Installation, Video, Performance Artist

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, Feminist Art, Video Art, Performance Art

Born: July 29, 1943 - Brooklyn, New York

Rosler's work with performance, video, and photography has garnered wide attention in the postmodern era for its feminist connotations, addressing body image issues and domesticity. Rosler's work has also explored the imagery of war, from Vietnam to Iraq.

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Painter, Photographer, Draughtsman, and Conceptual Artist

Movement: Pop Art

Born: December 16, 1937 - Omaha, Nebraska

Ed Ruscha is recognized as one of the leading figures of Pop art and Conceptualism on the West Coast. From his iconic images of gasoline stations to his 'word paintings,' his work is deeply influenced by the graphic arts and deals largely with themes of commercial culture, language, and the mundane.

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American Sculptor, Photographer, and Painter

Movement: Pop Art

Born: November 26, 1924 - New York, New York

Died: June 9, 2000 - South Brunswick, New Jersey

American sculptor and painter George Segal is best known for his life-size plaster cast figures, often in monochromatic white. He also worked with artists such as John Cage and Allan Kaprow at Rutgers University in the 1950s and 60s; Kaprow's famous "happenings" performances first took place on Segal's farm in New Jersey.

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American Painter, Draftsman, Filmmaker, and Printmaker

Movements and Styles: Pop Art, Video Art, Postmodernism

Born: August 6, 1928 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Died: February 22, 1987 - New York, New York

Andy Warhol was an American Pop artist best known for his prints and paintings of consumer goods, celebrities, and photographed disasters. One of the most famous and influential artists of the 1960s, he pioneered compositions and techniques that emphasized repetition and the mechanization of art.

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American Painter, Illustrator, Sculptor, and Collagist

Movement: Pop Art

Born: February 23, 1931 - Cincinnati, Ohio

Died: December 17, 2004 - New York City

Wesselmann was known for his paintings of nudes and his exploration of the female form. He reinterpreted the classic subject of the female nude by breaking the body down into its most suggestive elements: lips, nips, and pubes, then juxtaposing it with general, consumerist, popular culture.

Pop Art: 20 of 332 Total Artists

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