Famous Artists from United Kingdom

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List of the most popular artists from United Kingdom, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous British artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable British artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List below includes Abby Jackson, Harriet Mead and more artists.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from United Kingdom?" and "Who are the most well-known British artists?"

For further information on these historic British artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated British artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.
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    Francis Bacon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
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    Francis Bacon was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, emotionally charged and raw imagery. His painterly abstracted figures are typically isolated in glass or steel geometrical cages, set against flat, nondescript backgrounds. Bacon took up painting in his early 20s but worked ...more

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    • Artworks: Painting (1946), Figure with Meat, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, Figure in a landscape, Composition (Figure), + more
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Associated periods or movements: Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Lucian Michael Freud, OM, CH was a German-born British painter. Known chiefly for his thickly impastoed portrait and figure paintings, he was widely considered the pre-eminent British artist of his time. His works are noted for their psychological penetration, and for their often discomforting ...more

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    • Artworks: Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink, Woman with a Daffodil, Girl with a White Dog, Francis Bacon, Sunny MorningEight Legs
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Realism, Realism, Surrealism, Expressionism
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Gillian Wearing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
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    Gillian Wearing is a film director. more

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    • Artworks: Sixty minute silence, We as Warhol in Drag with Scar, Secrets and Lies, Me As Arbus, Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say, + more
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Associated periods or movements: Young British Artists, Conceptual art
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Installation art
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    Damien Steven Hirst is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art collector. He is the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists, who dominated the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. He is internationally renowned, and is reportedly the United Kingdom's richest living ...more

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    • Artworks: For the Love of God, Mickey, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, Verity, Mother and Child, + more
    • Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Young British Artists
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Installation art, Painting
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    Eric John Hosking

    Eric John Hosking OBE was an English photographer noted for his bird photography. more

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    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
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    Leonora Carrington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
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    Leonora Carrington OBE was a British-born Mexican artist, surrealist painter, and novelist. She lived most of her adult life in Mexico City, and was one of the last surviving participants in the Surrealist movement of the 1930s. Leonora Carrington was also a founding member of the Women’s Liberation ...more

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    • Artworks: Le Bon Roi Dagobert, Temple of the word, Horses of Lord Candlestick, The Giantess, Juggler, + more
    • Birthplace: Clayton-le-Woods, England
    • Associated periods or movements: Surrealism
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, Mexico
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Bridget Riley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
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    Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE is an English painter who is one of the foremost exponents of op art. She currently lives and works in London, Cornwall and the Vaucluse in France. more

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    • Artworks: Blue About, Current, Fission
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Associated periods or movements: Hard-edge painting, Op art
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
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    Banksy

    Banksy is a pseudonymous English graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on ...more

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    • Artworks: Cardinal Sin, Cheltenham Banksy, Mobile Lovers, Bomb Hugger, Balloon Girl
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, South West England, Bristol, United Kingdom, England, + more
    • Associated periods or movements: Graffiti, Street art
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Mural, Printmaking
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