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Famous Artists from United Kingdom

List of the most popular artists from United Kingdom, with biographical information and 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 expression. 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 English artists, such as when they were born and their place of birth.

Among the famous English artists on the list are Young British Artists alum Damien Hirst, English graffiti artist Banksy, and four-time Turner Prize nominee and sculptor Richard Long (he finally won on his fourth try in 1989). 

For further information on these historic and modern 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
    Painting (1946), Figure with Meat, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion
    • Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Dublin
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Lucian Freud
    Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink, Woman with a Daffodil, Girl with a White Dog
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Gillian Wearing
    Sixty minute silence, We as Warhol in Drag with Scar, Secrets and Lies
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Installation art
  • Damien Hirst
    For the Love of God, Mickey, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
    • Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Installation art, Painting
  • Leonora Carrington
    Le Bon Roi Dagobert, Temple of the word, Horses of Lord Candlestick
    • Birthplace: Clayton-le-Woods, England
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, Mexico
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Bridget Riley
    Blue About, Current, Fission
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Banksy
    Cardinal Sin, Cheltenham Banksy, Mobile Lovers
    • Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: England
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Mural, Printmaking
  • David Bomberg
    East Valley, Cuenca: Afternoon, In the Hold
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting, Drawing
  • Andy Goldsworthy
    Roof, Faultline, Ice left by the tide/Stacked and frozen/Worked quickly before the tide
    • Birthplace: England, Cheshire
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
    • Art Forms: Sculpture
  • William Morris
    Strawberry Thief, Self-portrait, Acanthus
    • Birthplace: Walthamstow, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
  • Richard Long
    Chalk Circle, White Water Line, Small White Pebble Circles
    • Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Lewis Carroll
    Brook and Hugh Kitchin, Xie Kitchin
    • Birthplace: Daresbury, Widnes, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: England
    • Art Forms: Photography
  • Winston Churchill
    Evening Glow at Mimizan, Great Hall at Blenheim Palace, Lullenden Manor
    • Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Painting
  • Henry Moore
    Nuclear Energy, Oval with Points, Three Piece Reclining Figure Draped
    • Birthplace: Castleford, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: United Kingdom
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Drawing