The British painter and printmaker, Richard Hamilton was one of the pioneers of Pop Art, a movement which flourished in the 1950s and 60s in the USA and Britain, using imagery from popular culture.
Hamilton studied at the Royal Academy and the Slade School of Art in London. He was one of the founders of The Independent Group - an informal discussion group, whose members met at the Institute of Contemporary Arts. British Pop Art emerged from this group.
In 1957, Hamilton famously described Pop Art as “popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous, and Big Business".
Hamilton is also renowned as a teacher, writer and exhibition organiser. His most famous works include the collage Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?, $he, Swingeing London 67, and a reconstruction of Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass).