Richard Hamilton is a key figure in twentieth-century art. An original member of the legendary Independent Group in London in the 1950s, Hamilton organized or participated in groundbreaking exhibitions associated with the group—in particular This Is Tomorrow (1956), for which his celebrated collage Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?
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A key figure in the British Pop Art movement, Richard Hamilton studied at St Martin’s School of Art, and later at the Royal Academy Schools. He taught at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, along with Eduardo Paolozzi, with whom Hamilton founded the Independent Group at the ICA.
In this optically complex print, Hamilton recreates the illusion of someone (in this case, the artist) touching the surface of a mirror, and then simultaneously seeing the back of his own hand, and the frontal reflection of his face and body…
The colour lithographs entitled Flower-piece B were originally conceived as a triptych. Taking as their focal point a precisely rendered roll of Andrex toilet paper set against an ornate floral background, the Flower-piece B prints are characteristic of Hamilton’s work, which consistently draws upon consumer culture and the juxtaposition of disparate styles typically seen in advertising.
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