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- Pop Art - Hamilton

As a young man Richard Hamilton worked in advertising and commercial art and he is best known for his montages featuring scenes from the fields of advertisement and contemporary life, notably "Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?" This photomontage, which was displayed blown-up to life-size at the entrance to the exhibition "This is Tomorrow" held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 1956, is sometimes considered to be the first Pop art work.

Richard Hamilton. 1956

Fig.: Richard Hamilton: "Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?"
26 x 25 cm, 1956

The label 'Father of British Pop Art' reflects Richard Hamilton's pre-eminence in the field of contemporary modern arts. Designer of the Beatles 'White Album' cover, his distinguished career features numerous landmark achievements that include retrospective exhibitions in the Tate Gallery.

The label 'Father of British Pop Art' reflects Richard Hamilton's pre-eminence in the field of contemporary modern arts. Designer of the Beatles 'White Album' cover, his distinguished career features numerous landmark achievements that include retrospective exhibitions in the Tate Gallery. Hamilton has had an influence on, among others, Peter Blake and David Hockney. He has had a distinguished career as a teacher, notably at King's College, Newcastle upon Tyne (which later became Newcastle University), 1953-66, and has organized several exhibitions, including "The Almost Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp" at the Tate Gallery, London, in 1966. An anthology of his writings, Collected Works, appeared in 1982.