There have been many famous British artists throughout time, who have left behind legacies and priceless works of art. There are five, in particular, who truly stand out above the rest. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 most famous British artists.
Number one on our list is the famous graffiti artists Banksy. Part of what makes Banksy so unique is that he is an anonymous artist, whose real identity is shrouded in mystery. His career began in the 1990s and today, his work remains a forefront of the modern art movement. His incredible work has been featured on walls, streets, and bridges of cities, throughout the world. His incredible art earned him “Person of The Year” at the 2014 Webby Awards. He is arguably one of the best graffiti artists of today’s time. Some of his most famous work includes, “Balloon Girl,” “Flower Thrower,” and “The Mild, Mild West.”
The second incredible British artists on our list are, Joseph Mallord William Turner. He passed away back in 1851, but his legacy lives on and inspires artists still, today. During his era, landscape art was considered lowly. He had such an incredible way of capturing colors and even light, so much so that his work elevated that particular genre of art. He was a very progressive and experimental painter for his time. Today, his work is priceless. There is even a prestigious art award, which exists today, that is named after him.
Henry Moore is the next artists on our list. He was a pioneer for what we refer to nowadays as “abstract art.” His beautiful works of art have influenced many generations of sculptors. He left such an incredible mark in the British art world. Some of his most famous pieces include, “Reclining Figures,” “Bird Basket,” and “King and Queen.” His work, although abstract, took on semi-shapes of human figures. His work is not only breathtakingly unique, but it draws the eyes and pulls emotion.
Bridget Riley is the next artists on our list. Possibly one of the most unique, Bridget began her career by painting with nothing more than black and white, abstract. Her lines and paintings created optical illusions, making the viewer feel almost as though the lines were moving. At the beginning of the ’70s, Bridget began using more color in her artwork, but they all continued to trick the eye. It was her black and white optical illusion paintings that she is most famous for though! Many viewers claim that some of her work gave them a feeling of seasickness or motion sickness. How fascinating is that?
Last, but certainly not least, is Glenn Brown. Glenn is known for recreating old paintings but making them come to life even more. By adding depth, more vibrant color, Glenn can transform a previous work of art into something even bolder and real. Many describe his work as grotesque and fascinating. The color contrast in many of his works is so vibrant and electric that practically sends chills up and down your spine. You simply have to see one to believe it.
The world of art is such a wonderful, complex, and beautiful place. We sure are lucky to have had such incredible influences, such as these previously mentioned artists, that have made such incredible strokes, and inspire us still today.