Famous British Artists

Find out more about the greatest British Artists, including Banksy, William Blake, Damien Hirst, Cynthia Lennon and Anish Kapoor.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 L. S. Lowry

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 1, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stretford, Lancashire, England
Died: February 23, 1976

 2 Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 7, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Townhead, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Died: December 10, 1928

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a Scottish architect, designer, and artist. He was married to fellow artist Margaret Macdonald, and they both were influential on the European design movements Art Nouveau and Secessionism. Mackintosh is considered one of the most important figures of Modern Style (British Art Nouveau style). In his later years, he worked largely as a watercolorist. 

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 3 Ant Anstead

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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: February 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England

Ant Anstead is an English TV presenter and car builder. Having started his career as a police constable, Ant Anstead worked his way into pursuing a career as a car builder, which is what he loved doing the most. His passion for cars provided him with an opportunity to become a TV presenter—an inspiring story indeed.

 4 J. M. W. Turner

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Famous As: Romanticist landscape painter
Birthdate: April 23, 1775
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 19, 1851

J. M. W. Turner was an English printmaker, painter, and watercolorist best remembered for his imaginative landscapes and expressive colorizations. Intensely reclusive and eccentric throughout his life, Turner lived in poor health and squalor for the last few years of his life. He was portrayed by actor Timothy Spall in the 2014 biographical film, Mr. Turner.

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 5 PJ Harvey

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer, Artist, Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bridport

 6 Jemima Kirke

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: April 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westminster

 7 David Hockney

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 9, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bradford

Painter, photographer, printmaker, and stage designer David Hockney is best known for his works such as Portrait of an Artist, which became the most expensive piece of art by a living artist ever auctioned, at $90 million. His works have explored themes such as homosexuality. He has synesthesia, too.

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 8 John Ruskin

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Famous As: Art Critic and Painter
Birthdate: February 8, 1819
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England
Died: January 20, 1900

The leading English art critic of the Victorian era, John Ruskin was a hugely influential figure in the latter half of the 19th century. Also a philosopher and prominent social thinker, he wrote on varied subjects like geology, architecture, education, botany, myth, ornithology, literature, and political economy. He founded the charitable trust Guild of St George.

 9 Francis Bacon

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 28, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: April 28, 1992

 10 Damien Hirst

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bristol

 11 Grayson Perry

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chelmsford

 12 Anish Kapoor

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Famous As: Sculptor, Visual artist, Painter, Architect
Birthdate: March 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai

 13 Leo Sayer

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Famous As: Artist, Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: May 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shoreham-by-Sea

 14 Lucian Freud

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Famous As: Painter, Illustrator, Printmaker
Birthdate: December 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: July 20, 2011

 15 Tracey Emin

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Famous As: Artist, Painter
Birthdate: July 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Croydon, London, England

Artist Tracey Emin is known for incorporating subjective elements in her artwork. She experiments with media such as drawing, sculpture, and installations. She made headlines with her controversial works such as Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 and My Bed. She has also taught at the Royal Academy.

 16 Holly Johnson

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

 17 Alice Liddell

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 4, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England, UK
Died: November 16, 1934

 18 Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: May 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 4, 2020

 19 Frieda Hughes

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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Writer, Children's writer
Birthdate: April 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London

 20 Graham Sutherland

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Famous As: Painter, Artist
Birthdate: August 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Streatham
Died: February 17, 1980

 21 Neil Buchanan

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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: October 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aintree, Liverpool, England, UK

 22 John Constable

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Famous As: Romantic Painter
Birthdate: June 11, 1776
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: East Bergholt
Died: March 31, 1837

 23 Justine Frischmann

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England

 24 Neil Harbisson

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Famous As: Cyborg Artist
Birthdate: July 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mataró, Spain

Neil Harbisson is a cyborg artist best known for implanting an antenna in his skull. He is the first person in the world to do so. He gained international prominence after he was legally recognized by the government as a cyborg. An influential activist for transpecies rights, Neil Harbisson co-founded the Cyborg Foundation in 2010. The organization defends cyborg rights.

 25 John Tenniel

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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: February 28, 1820
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bayswater, London, England
Died: February 25, 1914

 26 Branwell Brontë

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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Writer
Birthdate: June 26, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yorkshire
Died: September 24, 1848

 27 Barbara Hepworth

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: January 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wakefield
Died: May 20, 1975
English sculptor Barbara Hepworth, CBE and DBE, was a prominent figure in Modern Art. A Royal College of Art alumna, she used bronze, marble, and wood to create masterpieces such as Single Form and Family of Man, which adorn various venues. She died in a fire at her studio.

 28 Vanessa Bell

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: May 30, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London
Died: April 7, 1961

 29 Derek Jarman

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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Diarist, Painter, Costume designer, LGBT rights activist
Birthdate: January 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Northwood
Died: February 19, 1994

 30 Len Deighton

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 18, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England

 31 John Berger

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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 5, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London Borough of Hackney

 32 Antony Gormley

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Famous As: Sculptor, Artist
Birthdate: August 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

 33 Thomas Gainsborough

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Famous As: Landscape painter
Birthdate: May 14, 1727
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sudbury, England
Died: August 2, 1788

 34 Dave Lee Travis

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Famous As: Photographer, Television presenter, Radio personality, Disc jockey
Birthdate: May 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buxton

 35 Stephen Wiltshire

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Famous As: illustrator, artist
Birthdate: April 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greater London

 36 Peter Greenaway

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Famous As: Theatre director, Film director, Writer, Experimental artist, Screenwriter, Painter, Film editor, Actor, Cinematographer, Television director
Birthdate: April 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport

 37 Thomas Cole

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: February 1, 1801
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bolton, Lancashire, England
Died: February 11, 1848

 38 Louis Wain

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Famous As: Artist, Painter
Birthdate: August 5, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London
Died: July 4, 1939

 39 Bridget Riley

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Norwood

 40 Gertrude Jekyll

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Famous As: Horticulturist, Painter, Gardener, Non-fiction writer, Botanist, Architect
Birthdate: November 29, 1843
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: December 8, 1932

 41 Joshua Reynolds

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 16, 1723
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plympton, England
Died: February 23, 1792

 42 Peter Blake

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dartford

 43 Terry O'Neill

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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: July 30, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 16, 2019

 44 Jay Jopling

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Famous As: Art dealer
Birthdate: 1963 AD
Birthplace: England

 45 John White

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Famous As: Artist, Painter
Birthdate: 1540 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1593 AD

 46 Edward Burne-Jones

Edward Burne-Jones
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: August 28, 1833
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: June 17, 1898

 47 Duncan Grant

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 21, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rothiemurchus, Aviemore, Scotland
Died: May 8, 1978

 48 Gerald Scarfe

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Famous As: Caricaturist, Illustrator, Designer, Animator, Artist, Postage stamp designer, Painter
Birthdate: June 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St John's Wood

 49 Elizabeth Siddal

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Famous As: Painter, Poet, Art model, Visual artist, Model
Birthdate: July 25, 1829
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Holborn
Died: February 11, 1862

 50 Henry Fuseli

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 7, 1741
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: April 16, 1825