UK’s Modern Art and Artists

The UK’s modern art can best be described through modern UK’s artists who reveal its originality and diversity the most. Listed below are only a few of many UK’s contemporary artists whose works are not only admired in the UK but have also shaped and are still shaping the international art scene.

Damein Hirst Damien Hirst, probably the most famous living modern UK’s artist entered the national as well as the international art scene with his series of animal installations that propelled him among the most influential and admired contemporary artists in the world. One of the leading members of the Young British Artists rose to prominence with “The Physical Impossibility of Death and the Mind of Someone Living”, a dead shark in formaldehyde which became the most representative work of the 1990s British art.
David Hockney David Hockney rose to prominence in the 1960s and became one of the most notable British Pop Art movement artists although he later moved away from the art movement and focused on more realistic and conventional painting. Hockney is most admired for his graphic artworks which according to some art critics reveal more innovation than his paintings.
Hew Locke Hew Locke, despite belonging to the generation of the British Young Artists developed his own style which fascinates with its complexity and a unique fusion of cultures, modern and ancient, and local and global. He is best known for his sculptures and visual art which are attracting a lot of attention since 2000 when he installed a large, ship-like sculpture “Hemmed in Two” in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Lucian Freud Lucian Freud, the grandson of the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud is widely considered as one of the most pre-eminent UK’s artists of the late 20th century. His artworks, dominated by portraits were admired already in the mid-20th century but the artist created his greatest masterpieces in the 1990s. His works are noted for often “brutal” realism and the artist’s outstanding psychological penetration.
Willard Wigan Willard Wigan who was honoured as MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to art is famous for creating microscopic sculptures which are placed either in the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. The sculptures which can be as tiny as 0.0002 inches or 0.005 millimetres can be seen only with a microscope. But despite their microscopic size, Wigan’s sculptures reveal an outstanding attention to detail.