Famous Art Critics from the United Kingdom

List of notable or famous art critics from the United Kingdom, with bios and photos, including the top art critics born in the United Kingdom and even some popular art critics who immigrated to the United Kingdom. If you're trying to find out the names of famous British art critics then this list is the perfect resource for you. These art critics are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known art critic from the United Kingdom is included when available.

This list includes Waldemar Januszczak, Frank Popper and more.

This historic art critics from the United Kingdom list can help answer the questions "Who are some British art critics of note?" and "Who are the most famous art critics from the United Kingdom?" These prominent art critics of the United Kingdom may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected British art critics.

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  • Adrian Searle is the chief art critic of The Guardian newspaper in Britain, and has been writing for the paper since 1996. Previously he was a painter.
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, England
  • Andrew Michael Graham-Dixon (born 26 December 1960) is a British art historian and broadcaster.
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: London, England
  • Charles Holmes
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    Sir Charles John Holmes, KCVO (11 November 1868, Preston, Lancashire – 7 December 1936, Kensington, London) was a British painter, art historian and museum director. His writing on art combined theory with practice, and he was an expert on the painting techniques of the Old Masters, from whose example he had learned to draw and paint.
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1868-1936)
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
  • Edmund Arthur Lowndes de Waal, OBE (born 10 September 1964) is a British artist, and author. He is known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels and has received several awards and honours for his work. He wrote The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010) and The White Road (2015).
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Ernest Binfield Havel

    Ernest Binfield Havell (16 September 1861 – 31 December 1934), who published under the name E.B. Havell, was an influential English arts administrator, art historian and author of numerous books about Indian art and architecture. He was a member of the Havell family of artists and art educators. He was the principal of the Government School of Art, Calcutta from 1896 to 1905, where, along with Abanindranath Tagore, he developed a style of art and art education based on Indian rather than Western models, which led to the foundation of the Bengal school of art.
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1861-1934)
    • Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom
  • Frank Popper
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    Frank Popper (born April 17, 1918) is a historian of art and technology and Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the Science of Art at the University of Paris VIII. He has been decorated with the medal of the Légion d'honneur by the French Government. He is author of the books: Origins and Development of Kinetic Art, Art, Action, and Participation, Art of the Electronic Age and From Technological to Virtual Art. He turned 100 in April 2018.Popper documents the historical record of the relationship between technology and participatory forms of art, especially between the late 1960s and the early 1990s. Sharing his focus on art and technology are Jack Burnham (Beyond Modern Sculpture 1968) ...more
    • Age: 104
    • Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic