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Great British Artists

Updated on August 22, 2014
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Katherine has researched and written about many British, European and Japanese Artists - both past and present

Find out about Great British Artists

This site is about really great British Artists in the past and present.  It links to my "resources for art lovers" sites which provide good quality resources and information about notable British artists that I like

These are artists whose work attracts people from miles around plus the ones which have passed the art history test and are still well regarded despite having lived a long time ago.

The list is by no means complete and this site - and the linked sites - will be updated periodically.  The links are to other websites by makingamark.

Art History - Great British Artists

History of British Art - Andrew Graham-Dixon

Andrew Graham Dixon has written a study British art from the Reformation to the present (originally linked to a BBC2 television series). As he considers the works of artists as disparate as Stubbs and Bacon, Hogarth and Hockney, Constable and Henry Moore, the author depicts the cultural life of Britain since the Middle Ages which embraces not only painting and sculpture but also history, politics, architecture and literature.

More Great British Artists

This is my "to do" list in terms of developing more sites about British Artists.

50 British Artists You Should Know - by Lucinda Hawkesley

Each artist is covered in a double page spread highlighting:

* A timeline

* a summary of their contribution to British Art

* samples of their artwork

Artists include: Nicholas Hilliard, William Hogarth, Richard Wilson, Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, George Romney, William Blake, JMW Turner, John Constable, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais, Walter Sickert, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Laura kniught, Eric Gill. LS Lowry. Stanley Spencer, Henry Moore, Barabra Hepworth, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Elizabeth Frink, Bridget Riley, Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst and Banksy

50 British Artists You Should Know
50 British Artists You Should Know

Published in the USA: April 27, 2011


13 British Artists Children Should Know - by Alison Baverstock

Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists Vol. II M-Z - (Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists Up to 1920)

This Dictionary covers the work of some six thousand British watercolour artists. It includes the less well known artists, both professional and amateur, as well as to the great artists, such as Turner, Girtin and Cotman. Much of the information is purely biographical and factual, however the author also add his own personal judgements of the artists' works and styles. Huon Mallalieu spent four and a half years at Christie's, mainly in the watercolour department.

William Hogarth (British Artists)

A biography of William Hogarth (1697-1764)which reveals him as a figure who reinvented the very idea of what it is to be an artist. Hogarth was the first artist to make his living as a humorist, brilliantly inventing a means of reproducing a wit for wide public consumption.

Thomas Gainsborough (British Artists)

The New Painting of the 1860s: Between the Pre-Raphaelites and the Aesthetic Movement - (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)

This is the first authoritative survey of the radically innovative decade of the 1860s. The book explores new developments in English painting of this period, focusing on the early work of Edward Burne-Jones, Frederic Leighton, Albert Moore, Edward Poynter, Simeon Solomon, and James McNeill Whistler, as well as on paintings by Frederick Sandys and the older G. F. Watts, and by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his Pre-Raphaelite colleagues Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais.

Art History - Great British Botanical Artists

Great British Botanical and Natural History Artists from the past

Britain has made an amazing contribution to the development of botanical art. These are just some of the people who have made their mark on botanical art

About Elizabeth Blackwell - Famous Botanical Artist
Elizabeth Blackwell was the first British woman to produce a herbal and the first woman to engrave as well as draw plants. She compiled and published her ha...

About Margaret Mee - Famous Botanical Artist
Margaret Mee was both a botanical artist and a conservationist. In 1952, age 41 she left England to go and live in the Amazon where she studied and painted t...

About Sydney Parkinson - Botanical Artist
Sydney Parkinson was one of the botanical artists on Captain Cook's journey's on the Endeavour. He was the first botanical artist to draw and paint plants co...

Contemporary British painters

Contemporary British Artists and Painters

These are the Contemporary British painters who have interested me enough to want to find out a lot more about them. These sites are a compendium of links to places where you can read more about them and look at their artwork

About Lucian Freud - Portrait Painter
This site is a compendium of information about Lucian Freud (1922 - 2011), Britain's greatest painter and portrait artist in recent years. It shares links t...

About David Hockney - British Artist
David Hockney (1937-present) has been voted the UK's most popular living artist. Find out about: - the life and art of David Hockney - museums, gallerie...

About Peter Doig - British Painter
Peter Doig (1959 - present) is one of Britain's most prominent and exciting young painters. He broke auction records for a living European artist in 2007 wh...

About David Gentleman - British Painter
This site is about David Gentleman the artist and illustrator. He's best known for his watercolour paintings and the stamps which he has designed for the Roy...

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

Catalogue for the recent record-breaking exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

Stanley Spencer (British Artists series) - by Kitty Hauser

Stanley Spencer is one of the most highly regarded and best-loved of all twentieth-century British Artists.

Francis Bacon (British Artists)

Francis Bacon (1909-1992)subverted artistic conventions and religious symbols and created a sensation during his lifetime. Even after his death, his paintings of distorted figures and fractured spaces continue to ignite controversy.

Jacob Epstein (British Artists) - by Richard Cork

This volume of the British Artists series examines Jacob Epstein, a pioneer of modern sculpture in Britain; yet he aroused hostility throughout his career and always felt an outsider in his adopted country.

Contemporary British sculptors and land artists

Contemporary British sculptors and land artists

I find I like sculpture and land art more and more - and it's also amazingly popular with the British public. These three are the first sculptors and land artists who I wanted to find out more about and these sites are the end result.

About Andy Goldsworthy - British Land Artist
Find out about Andy Goldsworthy (1956-present) - the British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist. Goldsworthy produces site-specific sculpture and l...

About Henry Moore - Famous British Sculptor
Henry Moore (1898-1986) was an English artist and sculptor who was probably the most celebrated sculptor of the twentieth century. Works were often sculpted...

About Antony Gormley - British Sculptor
This lens is about Antony Gormley (1950-present) - the man who produced "Angel of the North" - a towering sculpture in Gateshead "Another Plac...

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