Richard Hamilton Pop Art Pioneer dies at 89

Posted on 14 September 2011
By Andrew Marr
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Richard Hamilton, the man behind the Beatles White album cover, has passed away aged 89.

The artist was branded the Father of Pop Art after his seminal work Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing? was released.

Hamilton shied away from the title although he was interested in the phenomenon of popular culture.

He garnered more fans in recent years, creating a piece depicting Tony Blair as a cowboy, after the seeing what he believed to be a smug look on Blair’s face after a meeting with former U.S President George W Bush.

It wasn’t only the Beatles who featured in Hamilton’s work. Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger featured in his 1968 painting Swinging London.

The art world has lost one of its most influential and talented artists. His influence will be felt for generations to come. He placed the modern world at the heart of his works, creating timeless pieces.

Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Gallery London, had this to say about the late, great icon;

“Greatly admired by his peers, including Warhol and Beuyds, Hamilton produced a series of exquisite paintings, drawings and prints… dealing with themes of glamour, consumption, commodity and popular culture.”