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List of famous Underground artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the Underground movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. These notable Underground period artists are organized alphabetically, but you may sort this information by clicking any column. Every well-known or influential figure in this movement is listed below. You can use the artists in this fact-based list to create a new one, just like this one, to start your own. List includes Barney Bubbles, Storm Thorgerson and more. (5 items)
Martin Sharp is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Underground Artists
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Martin Ritchie Sharp was an Australian artist, underground cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker. Sharp made contributions to Australian and international culture from the early 1960s, and was called Australia's foremost pop artist. His psychedelic posters of Bob Dylan, Donovan and others, rank as classics of the genre, and his covers, cartoons and illustrations were a central feature of Oz magazine, both in Australia and in London. Martin co-wrote one of Cream's best known songs, "Tales of Brave Ulysses", created the cover art for Cream's Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire albums, and in the 1970s became a champion of singer Tiny Tim, and of Sydney's embattled Luna Park. ...more

Artworks: Max Ernst^! The Bird Man, Jimi Hendrix^! Explosion, Bob Dylan^! Mr Tambourine Man, Donovan^! Sunshine Superman, Art Galaxy, + more

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Associated periods or movements: Underground

Nationality: Australia

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Storm Thorgerson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Underground Artists
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Storm Elvin Thorgerson was an English graphic designer, best known for his work for rock artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Al Stewart, Europe, Catherine Wheel, Bruce Dickinson, Dream Theater, The Cranberries, The Mars Volta, Muse, Biffy Clyro and Rival Sons. ...more

Artworks: Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

Birthplace: Potters Bar, United Kingdom

Associated periods or movements: Graphic design, Underground

Nationality: England

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Caroline Coon, born 1945, is an English artist, journalist and political activist. Her artwork, which often explores sexual themes from a feminist standpoint, has been exhibited at many major London galleries, including the Saatchi Gallery and the Tate. ...more

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Associated periods or movements: Underground

Nationality: United Kingdom

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Barney Bubbles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Underground Artists
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Barney Bubbles


Barney Bubbles was a radical English graphic artist whose work encompassed graphic design and music video direction. Bubbles, who also sketched and painted privately, is best known for his distinctive contribution to the design practices associated with the British independent music scene of the 1970s and 1980s. His record sleeves, laden with symbols and riddles, were his most recognisable output. ...more

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Associated periods or movements: Underground