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The Best Pop Art Artists

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List of famous Pop art artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. You might also ant to check out Andy Warhol's famous paintings and the greatest works of Roy Lichtenstein. All the greatest artists associated with the Pop art movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter. These notable Pop art period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best Pop art artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to vote that artist up.

Pop art, which emerged in the '50s and rose in popularity throughout the '60s, sought to challenge the idea of fine art. Pop artists would take images and ideas that were a part of culture (such as advertisements and movie stars) and place it in a context. Pop art paintings would often be humorous, and irony was a key element of the style. This list features artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and more!

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous Pop art artists?" and "Who are the best Pop art artists?"

Almost every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You can use the artists in this factual list to create a new one, just like this one, to start your own.

 

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  • Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives. It is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. ...  more
    • Artworks: Campbell's Soup Cans, Marilyn Monroe, Diana Vreeland, Truman Capote and Liza Minelli, A Set of Six Self-Portraits
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Associated periods or movements: Pop art
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Photography, Painting, Printmaking
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    Roy Fox Lichtenstein (; October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was an American pop artist. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody. Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein produced precise compositions that documented while they parodied, often in a tongue-in-cheek manner. His work was influenced by popular advertising and the comic book style. He described pop art as "not 'American' painting but actually industrial painting". His paintings were exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City. Whaam! and Drowning Girl are...  more
    • Artworks: Drowning Girl, Whaam!, Roast Turkey Shopping Bag, Rouen Cathedral Set V [right], Artist's Studio The Dance"
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Associated periods or movements: Pop art
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Sculpture, Painting, Printmaking
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    Sir Peter Thomas Blake (born 25 June 1932) is an English pop artist, best known for co-creating the sleeve design for the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. His other best known works include the cover of the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?", and the Live Aid concert poster. Blake also designed the 2012 Brit Award statuette.One of the best known British pop artists, Blake is considered to be a prominent figure in the pop art movement. Central to his paintings are his interest in images from popular culture which have infused his collages. In 2002 he was knighted at Buckingham Palace for his services to art....  more
    • Artworks: On the balcony, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    • Birthplace: Dartford, United Kingdom
    • Associated periods or movements: Pop art
    • Nationality: United Kingdom, England
    • Art Forms: Painting, Printmaking
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    Keith Allen Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) was an American artist whose pop art and graffiti-like work grew out of the New York City street culture of the 1980s.Haring's work grew to popularity from his spontaneous drawings in New York City subways—chalk outlines of figures, dogs, and other stylized images-on blank black advertising-space backgrounds. After public recognition he created larger scale works, such as colorful murals, many of them commissioned. His imagery has "become a widely recognized visual language". His later work often addressed political and societal themes—especially homosexuality and AIDS—through his own iconography....  more
    • Artworks: Keith and Julia, Installation Shafrazi Gallery 1982, Micheal Stewart - USA for Africa, Debbie Dick, St. Sebastian
    • Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania
    • Associated periods or movements: Contemporary art, Graffiti, Pop art
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Art Forms: Painting
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