From Andy Warhol's contribution in the Pop Art movement to Salvador Dali's unique & bizarre pieces these artists are incredible.
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8- Marcel Duchamp – Born Henri Robert Marcel Duchamp in 1887, this artist worked alongside such greats as Picasso to help form the cubist movement. He pursued many styles of art, including kinetic works – where the subjects of pieces were lifted off the canvas, creating fluidity and movement – readymades – where Duchamp would use found objects and incorporate them into his pieces – and Dadaism – which was a movement of Avant garde artists who rebelled against traditional art and embraced music, poetry, art, theater and dance in a new forward thinking way. Duchamp eventually went on to pursue his love of chess and released one major piece of art before his death in 1968.
7- Damien Hirst – Damien Hirst was born in 1965 and is the most noticeable member of the Young British Artists group who were the most noteworthy artists of the 1990’s. Hirst focuses a lot on death in his work and preserves different animals in his pieces. His pieces include a shark, a cow, a sheep and they are usually suspended in formaldehyde. He’s had both positive and negative reviews of his art with some critics saying “the work of the artist are lumps of dead animals.” Hirst has gotten the last laugh however, he is the wealthiest artist in Britain and has an estimated net worth of £150 million.
6- Gilbert & George – Gilbert & George are an art duo who have collaborated on their signature brightly colored graphic art based on photographs. Gilbert Prousch and George Passmore met in 1967 while studying together at art school. Their largest exhibition is called Jack Freak Pictures which are photos of Gilbert & George along with the Union Jack in different configurations. The photos are situated in the East End of London and show street signs, maps and other images. Surprising to most, Gilbert & George share conservative political views and openly admire Margaret Thatcher.
5- Michelangelo – Most well-known for his sculpture of David and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo was an Italian artist whose work as a painter, sculptor, poet, architect and engineer have survived the test of time and have made him one of the most recognizable artists in history. Michelangelo was extremely reclusive and lived very modestly, saying “However rich I may have been, I have always lived like a poor man.”
4- Andy Warhol – Andy Warhol was born in 1928 and was a staple in the New York City nightlife scene of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. His contributions to the Pop Art movement of the time are still studied and many times copied today. Warhol was interested in breaking down the connection between celebrity, artistic expression and advertisement. He spent much of his life as a commercial illustrator before becoming the often controversial artist he is best known as. He used many different outlets to showcase his creativity including photography, silk screening, film, music, painting and hand drawing. Some of his most recognizable pieces are his Campbell’s Soup painting and his Marilyn Monroe silk screens.
3- Salvador Dali – Salvador Dali is definitely one of the more eccentric artists on this list. He was a Spanish surrealist painter born in 1904 in Spain. Dali is best known for his bizarre images and his outrageous personality. One of his best known pieces is called The Persistence of Memory which shows melting clocks. Dali was known for causing public scenes and was thought by many to be mentally ill.
2- Banksy – Banksy is the only person on this list who remains anonymous. What is known is that Banksy is a he, and he is a British graffiti artist, film director and activist. He displays his art in public places, like walls, bridges, and streets all over the world. Banksy speaks through his art in a satirical way about things like politics and social scenes. His first film is called “Exit through the Gift Shop” which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He has also opened a theme park type attraction called Dismaland which is supposed to be the juxtaposition of Disneyland.
1- Vincent van Gogh – Vincent Van Gogh has all the makings of one interesting guy. Brilliantly talented artist – check. Mental instability – check. Severed his own ear with a razor to make a point – check. Van Gogh grew up in an upper middle class family and was a good student. He began drawing at a young age and his drawings were really impressive. He continued to create art and his pieces were very well received. As he got older he had a nervous breakdown three years before he severed his ear over a fight with a colleague. He recovered and went on to paint The Starry Night. In 1890 at the age of 37, Van Gogh shot himself in the chest and died.