National Gallery presents Hamilton exhibition

National Gallery

The National Gallery will be hosting a new exhibition looking at the work of British artist Richard Hamilton.

Seen as one of the country’s leading modern artists, Hamilton died last year while planning the show for the gallery and many of the pieces are heavily influenced by the Old Masters. He had strong links to the key London gallery; as well as teaching there Hamilton was also a curator for a number of exhibitions during his long career.

Starting on October 10th, the exhibition will make use of computer-generated images to show his last piece of art that he was unable to finish before his death. The work is based on Honoré de Balzac’s short story Le Chef-d’œuvre inconnu and it will be the first time it has been displayed in public.

The show also includes a look back at Hamilton’s long and varied career and includes many of his key pieces and examines his influence on the art world. As well as co-founding the Pop Art movement, the London-born artist was also responsible for the design of the Beatles’ White Album cover.

Admission to the Hamilton exhibition is free and visitors staying at central London hotels have until January 13th 2013 to attend the show.

The National Gallery is located in Trafalgar Square and is a short walk from a number of London Underground stations.

Other exhibitions currently on at the National Gallery include a display of art work produced by local primary school children. Each of the pieces was inspired by Paolo Veronese’s Family of Darius before Alexander as part of a project run by the gallery to encourage appreciation of art in schools. The children created work in a variety of media and it is now on display in Room E until September 13th.