Richard Hamilton (artist)

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Richard Hamilton during an interview at the Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona

Richard Hamilton , CH (born February 24, 1922 in London , † September 13, 2011 in London ) was a British painter and graphic artist .


Hamilton attended the "Westminster Technical College" and the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 1936, and in 1937 worked in an advertising department and in the Exhibition Department of the Reimann School in London. There he was allowed to take free drawing lessons in his spare time. From 1938 to 1940 he studied painting at the Royal Academy of Arts , where he took a course in technical drawing. Between 1941 and 1945 he worked as a technical draftsman and continued his studies at the academy in 1946.

From 1948 to 1951 he studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art and began his career with drawings inspired by the novel Ulysses by James Joyce . In 1952 he received a teaching position at the "Central School of Arts and Crafts" in the subjects of silversmithing, typography and industrial design. The following year he was given a teaching position from King's College London to the University of Durham at the Fine Art Department. In 1956, Hamilton presented the pioneering exhibition "This is Tomorrow" at the Whitechapel Art Gallery . With the small collage “Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?” He created an icon of Pop Art.

This is considered to be the beginning of Pop Art , although Hamilton never wanted to be the "father of Pop Art". From then on he used everyday objects and modern technology in the fine arts and used photographs , advertising , posters and computer-generated images for his paintings and collages . A significant collection of his work can be seen at the Tate Gallery .

In 1963 he made a trip through the USA . In 1965 he began to reconstruct Marcel Duchamp's Le Grand Verre and in 1966 he organized a retrospective of Marcel Duchamp at the Tate Gallery . In 1968 he drew attention to himself with his poster in the Beatles' White Album . He was a participant in the 4th documenta in Kassel in 1968 and also represented as an artist at Documenta 6 in 1977. In 1977 and 1978 he worked with Dieter Roth in Cadaqués .

For the 2001/2002 season in the Vienna State Opera he designed the large picture “Retard en Fer - Delay in Iron” as part of the “Iron Curtain” series of exhibitions conceived by museum in progress . Hamilton had long been a regular at Ferran Adrià's innovative three-star restaurant elBulli , about which he published an art book in 2009.

In 2010 the Serpentine Gallery in London showed his works in a comprehensive exhibition Richard Hamilton: Modern Moral Matters . The paintings, installations and works on paper dealt with the artist's responses to terrorist attacks, wars and uprisings.

Awards (selection)

Works (selection)

  • 1967: Sieves , in collaboration with Marcel Duchamp , screen print between two glass plates, 51 × 63 cm, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
  • 1956: What makes our home so different, so attractive? Collage on paper, 26 × 25 cm, Tübingen, Kunsthalle
  • 1952: Study for Respective , Indian ink, watercolor on paper, 23.5 × 20 cm, Museum Abteiberg , Mönchengladbach



  • Exhibition catalog Serpentine Gallery 2010: Richard Hamilton: Modern Moral Matters. König, Cologne, ISBN 978-3-86560-751-5 .
  • Hannelore Kersting (arrangement): Contemporary art. 1960 to 2007 . Municipal Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, 2007, ISBN 978-3-924039-55-4 .
  • Richard Hamilton, Stephen Coppel: Imaging Ulysses: Richard Hamilton . London 2001, ISBN 0-86355-474-1 .
  • Peter Winter: Richard Hamilton, Studies 1937–1977. Catalog for the exhibition in the Kunsthalle Tübingen. Munich 1978.
  • Thomas Messer, John Russell (Ed.): Richard Hamilton. Catalog for the exhibition in the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich and in the Kunsthalle Tübingen. New York 1973.

Web links

Commons : Richard Hamilton (painter)  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. British Pop Artist Richard Hamilton Dies at 89
  2. Swantje Kuhfuss-Wickenheiser: The Reimann School in Berlin and London from 1902 to 1943. A Jewish company for art and design training with international influences until it was destroyed by the Hitler regime. Aachen 2009, ISBN 978-3-86858-475-2 , p. 532.
  3. Alexander Menden: The power of filtered images. On the death of the British artist Richard Hamilton, who never wanted to be the 'father of Pop Art'. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung of September 15, 2011, p. 15.
  4. Christoph Amend : Innovative Cooking. One stroke of genius after another . In: Die Zeit , No. 12 . March 12, 2009.
  5. Museum page on the exhibition , accessed on April 13, 2014.
  6. Notice on the exhibition , accessed on August 7, 2014.
  7. Irene Netta, Ursula Keltz: 75 years of the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich . Ed .: Helmut Friedel. Self-published by the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-88645-157-7 , p. 208 .