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Famous Artists from United Kingdom

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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

    Francis Bacon

    Painting (1946), Figure with Meat

    BirthplaceRepublic of Ireland, Dublin

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Art FormsPainting

    Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Irish-born British figurative painter... more on Wikipedia

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  • Lucian Freud

    Lucian Freud

    Two Japanese Wrestlers by a Sink, Woman with a Daffodil

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Art FormsPainting

    Lucian Michael Freud, OM (; 8 December 1922 – 20 July 2011) was a British painter and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Gillian Wearing

    Gillian Wearing

    Sixty minute silence, We as Warhol in Drag with Scar

    BirthplaceEurasia, Birmingham, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, West Midlands

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Art FormsInstallation art

    Gillian Wearing CBE, RA (born 1963) is an English conceptual artist, one of the Young British... more on Wikipedia
  • Damien Hirst

    Damien Hirst

    For the Love of God, Mickey

    BirthplaceBristol, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Art FormsInstallation art, Painting

    Damien Steven Hirst (; born 7 June 1965) is an English artist, entrepreneur, and art... more on Wikipedia
  • Eric John Hosking

    Eric John Hosking OBE was an English photographer noted for his bird photography.
  • Leonora Carrington

    Leonora Carrington

    Le Bon Roi Dagobert, Temple of the word

    BirthplaceClayton-le-Woods, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Mexico

    Art FormsPainting

    Leonora Carrington OBE (6 April 1917 – 25 May 2011) was a British-born Mexican artist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Bridget Riley

    Bridget Riley

    Blue About, Current

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Art FormsPainting

    Bridget Louise Riley (born 24 April 1931) is an English painter who is one of the foremost... more on Wikipedia
  • Banksy


    Cardinal Sin, Cheltenham Banksy

    BirthplaceBristol, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England

    Art FormsSculpture, Mural, Printmaking

    Banksy is an anonymous England-based street artist, vandal, political activist, and film... more on Wikipedia


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  • Eric Treacy

    Eric Treacy

    Eric Treacy MBE was an English railway photographer and Anglican bishop.
  • Reece Winstone

    Reece Winstone FRPS was an English photographer from Bristol. He edited and self-published the... more on Wikipedia
  • David Bomberg

    David Bomberg

    East Valley, Cuenca: Afternoon

    BirthplaceBirmingham, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Art FormsPainting, Drawing

    David Garshen Bomberg (5 December 1890 – 19 August 1957) was a British painter, and one of the... more on Wikipedia
  • Jean Cooke

    Jean Esme Oregon Cooke RA was an English painter of still lifes, landscapes, portraits and... more on Wikipedia
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  • Andy Goldsworthy

    Andy Goldsworthy

    Roof, Faultline

    BirthplaceEngland, Cheshire

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Art FormsSculpture

    Andy Goldsworthy (born 26 July 1956) is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist... more on Wikipedia
  • William Morris

    William Morris

    Strawberry Thief, Self-portrait

    BirthplaceWalthamstow, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    William Morris was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist... more on Wikipedia

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  • Richard Long

    Richard Long

    Chalk Circle, White Water Line

    BirthplaceBristol, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Art FormsPainting

    Sir Richard Julian Long, (born 2 June 1945) is an English sculptor and one of the best known... more on Wikipedia
  • Lewis Carroll

    Lewis Carroll

    Brook and Hugh Kitchin, Xie Kitchin

    BirthplaceDaresbury, Widnes, United Kingdom


    Art FormsPhotography

    Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (; 27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name... more on Wikipedia

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  • Winston Churchill

    Winston Churchill

    Evening Glow at Mimizan, Great Hall at Blenheim Palace

    BirthplaceBlenheim Palace, Woodstock, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Art FormsPainting

    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British... more on Wikipedia

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  • Caziel

    Caziel (born Kazimierz Józef Zielenkiewicz; 16 June 1906 – 25 August 1988) was a Polish artist... more on Wikipedia
  • Angela Gegg
    Angela Gegg (born in Belize City, Belize, November 13, 1979) is a Belizean artist, author and... more on Wikipedia
  • Alan Moore
    Alan Moore (born 18 November 1953) is an English writer known primarily for his work in comic... more on Wikipedia

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  • Henry Moore

    Henry Moore

    Nuclear Energy, Oval with Points

    BirthplaceCastleford, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Art FormsSculpture, Drawing

    Henry Spencer Moore (30 July 1898 – 31 August 1986) was an English artist. He is best known... more on Wikipedia
  • Amanda Lear
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  • John Berger
    John Peter Berger (; 5 November 1926 – 2 January 2017) was an English art critic, novelist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Peter Greenaway
    Peter Greenaway, (born 5 April 1942 in Newport, Wales) is a British film director,... more on Wikipedia