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Biography of Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton was born in London in 1922. He takes evening classes to learn painting ABC then attends the Royal Academy School plus the London Slade School of Art (1948 to 1951). He first start with abstract painting then moves on to figurative art in the fifties. He will be part of the London Contemporary Art Institute « Independant group » whose exhibitions, especially « This is tomorrow » (1956), signal the beginning of British Pop Art. Like his american colleagues, Richard Hamilton stigmatizes mass media world and consumer society cliches. The artist teaches in many institutions. In 1992, the Tate Gallery organizes a major retrospective on his work. The following year, he is chosen to represent his country at the Venice Biennale. Richard Hamilton’s graphic works are numerous. The artist died in September 2011, he was 89 years old.