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This exhibition focuses on Richard Hamilton's career as a printmaker. Dubbed the forefather of Pop Art, the themes and concerns of Hamilton's paintings and drawings were also pursued in his graphic design works on which he collaborated with some of the greatest master printers of the twentieth century.
The selection of 43 works represents the full range of his technical accomplishments from traditional engraving, etching and aquatint, to screen print in the 1960s, and ending with the newly emergent digital media embraced by the artist in his later years.
His appropriation of imagery from popular culture is reflected in such early prints as Adonis in Y fronts 1963. Wider contemporary and political issues provide the subjects of the Swingeing London suite and number of works concerning the troubles in Ireland.
An exhibition organised and toured by Barbican International Enterprises.
Image: Palindrome Richard Hamilton.
Image: Palindrome 1974. Lenticular acrylic, laminated on collotype in 5 colours, on Chromolux paper.
Mount 72.5 x 57.1 cm; Image 60.9 x 45.7 cm
Courtesy Alan Cristea Gallery