Famous British Artists & Painters

If you have ever walked into an art gallery, you would know the magic that art creates. Paintings strung on wall may seem insipid from the outside but just as you step in, you would be enthralled by the magnificent magic that they exude. And just when you get closer to any of them, you would be transported into a world imagined and created on the canvas by the painter. Paintings are not mere amalgamation of colors and creativity. Each painting is the product of vivid imagination and has a gripping story to tell. While the world has been thronged by superlative painters from across the countries, it is British painters that we would be directing our focus on to in this section. Britain has given the world some of the greatest painters since centuries. Unless you have closed your eyes and ears to the world, you would have definitely heard about Francis Bacon, J.M.W. Turner, William Hogarth, John Ruskin, John Everest Millais, Thomas Gainsborough, David Hockney and Damien Hirst. Each of them has been amongst the world’s most talented painters and artists across centuries. Browse ahead and immerse yourself in the artistic galore of these famous British painters.

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 1 Jemima Kirke

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

 2 J. M. W. Turner

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.

 3 William Turner

William Turner
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: November 12, 1789
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Black Bourton
Died: August 7, 1862

 4 Derren Brown

Derren Brown
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Famous As: Illusionist
Birthdate: February 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Croydon, London, England

 5 Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 12, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: April 9, 1882

 6 L. S. Lowry

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

 7 Charles Rennie Mackintosh

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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 8 Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: August 21, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Died: March 16, 1898
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 9 Banksy

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Famous As: Graffiti Artist
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Bristol, United Kingdom

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 10 Ant Anstead

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

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 11 Steve McQueen

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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: October 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 12 Christopher Tolkien

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Famous As: English editor
Birthdate: November 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: January 16, 2020

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 13 David Hockney

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

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 14 John Ruskin

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

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 15 Sean Pertwee

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London

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 16 Clive Barker

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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

 17 Francis Bacon

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

 18 Jade Jagger

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris

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 19 Tracey Emin

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

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 20 Anish Kapoor

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

 21 Lucian Freud

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

 22 Holly Johnson

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

 23 Charlotte Johnson Wahl

Charlotte Johnson Wahl
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Famous As: Painter, Mother of Boris Johnson
Birthdate: April 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

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 24 Daniel Chatto

Daniel Chatto
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England

 25 Alice Liddell

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

 26 William Hogarth

William Hogarth
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: November 10, 1697
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 26, 1764

 27 Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath

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

 28 Frieda Hughes

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

 29 Graham Sutherland

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

 30 John Everett Millais

John Everett Millais
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 8, 1829
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Southampton, Hampshire, England
Died: August 13, 1896

 31 Neil Buchanan

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

 32 John Constable

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

 33 John William Waterhouse

John William Waterhouse
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: April 6, 1849
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: February 10, 1917

 34 Justine Frischmann

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

 35 Chris Barrie

Chris Barrie
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany

 36 Neil Harbisson

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

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 37 John Tenniel

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

 38 Branwell Brontë

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

 39 Vanessa Bell

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

 40 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

 41 Natasha Law

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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

 42 Len Deighton

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

 43 John Berger

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

 44 Thomas Gainsborough

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

 45 Eric Gill

Eric Gill
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Famous As: Sculptor
Birthdate: February 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brighton, Sussex, England
Died: November 17, 1940

 46 Peter Greenaway

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

 47 Thomas Cole

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

 48 Louis Wain

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

 49 Bridget Riley

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

 50 Gertrude Jekyll

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