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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
Francis Bacon 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
Lucian Freud 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
Gillian Wearing 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
Damien Hirst 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
Leonora Carrington 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
Bridget Riley 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
Banksy 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
David Bomberg East Valley^! Cuenca: Afternoon, In the Hold, Recto: Messiah. Verso: Messiah 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

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Edwin Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Edwin Smith 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
Andy Goldsworthy 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
William Morris 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
Richard Long 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
Lewis Carroll 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

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Winston Churchill 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 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 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
Henry Moore 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

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Amanda Lear is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Amanda Lear 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 Berger 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 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

Baroness Emma Orczy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Baroness Emma Orczy Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála "Emmuska" Orczy de Orci was a Hungarian-born British novelist, playwright and artist of noble origin. She is ...more

Derek Jarman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Derek Jarman These Thoughts, Infection, Landscape Michael Derek Elworthy Jarman was an English film director, stage designer, diarist, artist, gardener and author.

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Quentin Blake is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Quentin Blake In the Garden, Scary Banner, Feeding the Birds Sir Quentin Saxby Blake, CBE, FCSD, FRSL, RDI is an English cartoonist, illustrator and children's writer. He may be known best for illustrating books written by Roald Dahl. For his lasting ...more

Steve McQueen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Steve McQueen Girls, Tricky, Exodus Steven Rodney "Steve" McQueen CBE is an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and video artist. For his 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, a historical drama adaptation of an 1853 ...more

Boy George is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Boy George Boy George is a British singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, ...more

Peter Scott is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Peter Scott White Fronted Geese Sir Peter Markham Scott CH CBE DSC* FRS FZS was a British ornithologist, conservationist, painter, naval officer and sportsman. Scott was knighted in 1973 for his contribution to the ...more

David Crystal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
David Crystal David Crystal, OBE, FBA, FLSW is a British linguist, academic and author.

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Jim Burns is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Jim Burns Jim Burns is a Welsh artist born in Cardiff, Wales. He has been called one of the Grand Masters of the science fiction art world. In 1966 he joined the Royal Air Force, but soon thereafter he ...more

Edward Burne-Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Edward Burne-Jones The Wheel of Fortune, The Baleful Head, King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Baronet ARA was a British artist and designer closely associated with the later phase of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, who worked closely with William Morris on ...more

Ian Hamilton Finlay is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Ian Hamilton Finlay Little Sparta, The World Has Been Empty Since The Romans Ian Hamilton Finlay, CBE was a Scottish poet, writer, artist and gardener.

M.I.A. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
M.I.A. Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam, better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English recording artist of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. She is also a songwriter, painter and director. ...more

Eric Gill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Eric Gill Arthur Eric Rowton Gill was an English sculptor, typeface designer, stonecutter and printmaker, who was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. He is a controversial figure, with his ...more

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Rankin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Rankin Josephine nude, Kate's closed, Tumanni & Lawi John Rankin Waddell, also known under his working name Rankin, is a British portrait and fashion photographer.

Eduardo Paolozzi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Eduardo Paolozzi The Artist as Hephaestus, A Maximis Ad Minima, Athena Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi CBE RA was a Scottish sculptor and artist.

William Blake is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
William Blake Oberon^! Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing, Nebuchadnezzar, The Great Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea William Blake was an English painter, poet and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of the poetry and visual arts of the ...more

Sam Taylor-Wood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Sam Taylor-Wood Soliloquy II, Soliloquy III, Soliloquy IV Samantha "Sam" Taylor-Johnson OBE, is an English filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. Her directorial feature film debut came in 2009 with Nowhere Boy, a film based on the ...more

Peter Blake is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Peter Blake On the balcony, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Sir Peter Thomas Blake, CBE, RDI, RA is an English pop artist, best known for co-creating the sleeve design for the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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Zaha Hadid is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Zaha Hadid Horizontal Tektonik^! Malevich's Tektonik^! London, Peak Slabs Black^! The Peak Project^! Hong Kong^! 1982-1983, Silver Tea and Coffee Service Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid, DBE is an Iraqi-British architect. She received the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004—the first woman to do so—and the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011. Her buildings ...more

Barbara Hepworth is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Barbara Hepworth Winged Figure, Curved Form (Bryher), Landscape Sculpture Dame Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth DBE was an English artist and sculptor. Her work exemplifies Modernism and in particular modern sculpture. She was "one of the few women artists to achieve ...more

Ronald Searle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Ronald Searle Ronald William Fordham Searle CBE, RDI was a British artist and satirical cartoonist. He is perhaps best remembered as the creator of St Trinian's School and for his collaboration with Geoffrey ...more

William Fox Talbot is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
William Fox Talbot Paris, Entrance Gate, Abbotsford William Henry Fox Talbot was a British inventor and photography pioneer who invented the calotype process, a precursor to photographic processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. Talbot was also a ...more

John Davies is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
John Davies John Davies is a British landscape photographer. He is known for completing long-term projects documenting Britain and exploring the industrialisation of space. In 2008, he was nominated for the ...more

Sarah Morris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Sarah Morris Creative Artists Agency (Los Angeles), William Morris (Los Angeles), 7766 (Los Angeles) Sarah Morris is an artist and a film director.

Janey Scott is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
Janey Scott Roberta Leigh was an assumed name for Rita Shulman Lewin was a British author, artist and television producer. She wrote romance fiction and children's stories under the pseudonyms Roberta ...more

David Hockney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Artists from United Kingdom
David Hockney A Bigger Grand Canyon, Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, A Closer Grand Canyon David Hockney, OM CH RA is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. He lives in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, and Kensington, London. Hockney ...more