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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.

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

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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 ...more

Artworks: Painting (1946), Figure with Meat, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, Figure in a landscape, Composition (Figure), + more

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Dublin

Associated periods or movements: Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Art Forms: Painting

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Lucian Freud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
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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

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, England

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

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: Eurasia, Birmingham, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, West Midlands, + more

Associated periods or movements: Young British Artists, Conceptual art

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Art Forms: Installation art

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Damien Hirst is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
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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

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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