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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.

Francis Bacon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Painting (1946), Figure with Meat, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion
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 ...more
Lucian Freud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink, Woman with a Daffodil, Girl with a White Dog
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 ...more
Gillian Wearing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Sixty minute silence, We as Warhol in Drag with Scar, Secrets and Lies
Gillian Wearing is a film director.
Damien Hirst is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
For the Love of God, Mickey, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
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 ...more
Eric John Hosking is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Eric John Hosking
Eric John Hosking OBE was an English photographer noted for his bird photography.
Leonora Carrington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Le Bon Roi Dagobert, Temple of the word, Horses of Lord Candlestick
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 ...more
Bridget Riley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Blue About, Current, Fission
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.
Banksy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Cardinal Sin, Cheltenham Banksy, Mobile Lovers
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 ...more
Eric Treacy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Eric Treacy
Eric Treacy MBE was an English railway photographer and Anglican bishop.
Reece Winstone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Reece Winstone
Reece Winstone FRPS was an English photographer from Bristol. He edited and self-published the 'Bristol As It Was' books of photographs of Bristol, covering in detail the period from the dawn of ...more
David Bomberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
East Valley, Cuenca: Afternoon, In the Hold
David Garshen Bomberg was an English painter, and one of the Whitechapel Boys. Bomberg was one of the most audacious of the exceptional generation of artists who studied at the Slade School of ...more
Jean Cooke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Jean Cooke
Jean Esme Oregon Cooke RA was an English painter of still lifes, landscapes, portraits and figures. She was a lecturer at the Royal Academy and regularly exhibited her works, including the ...more
Edwin Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Edwin George Herbert Smith was an English photographer. He is best known for his distinctive vignettes of English gardens, landscapes, and architecture. On his own or in partnership with his ...more
Andy Goldsworthy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Roof, Faultline, Ice left by the tide/Stacked and frozen/Worked quickly before the tide
Andy Goldsworthy, OBE is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist producing site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in
William Morris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Strawberry Thief, Self-portrait, Acanthus
William Morris was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the ...more
Richard Long is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Chalk Circle, White Water Line, Small White Pebble Circles
Richard Long RA CBE is an English sculptor and one of the best known British land artists. Long is the only artist to be shortlisted for the Turner Prize four times. He was nominated in 1984, ...more
Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Brook and Hugh Kitchin, Xie Kitchin
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's ...more
Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Evening Glow at Mimizan, Great Hall at Blenheim Palace, Lullenden Manor
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely ...more
Caziel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Caziel
Caziel was a Polish artist who lived and worked in Paris during the inter-war period and who worked alongside a number of important figures of the School of Paris, including Pablo Picasso and ...more
Angela Gegg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Angela Gegg is a Belizean artist, author and entertainer. Angela Gegg is one of Belize’s leading female artists. In the past decade she has had six major solo art shows and been featured in over ...more
Alan Moore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Alan Moore is an English writer primarily known for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and From Hell. Frequently described as the best graphic novel writer in history, ...more
Henry Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Nuclear Energy, Oval with Points, Three Piece Reclining Figure Draped
Henry Spencer Moore OM CH FBA RBS was an English sculptor and artist. He was best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world as public works of ...more
Amanda Lear is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Amanda Lear is a French singer, lyricist, painter, television presenter, actress and former model. Lear grew up in the South of France and in Switzerland, and studied art in Paris and at Saint ...more
John Berger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
John Peter Berger is an English art critic, novelist, painter and poet. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to a ...more
Peter Greenaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Peter Greenaway, CBE is a British film director. His films are noted for the distinct influence of Renaissance and Baroque painting, and Flemish painting in particular. Common traits in his film ...more