canon 5d, studio, Paris, France
Hamilton was a member of the Independent Group, formed in the 1950s by a group of artists and writers at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, whose symposiums contributed to the development of Pop art in Britain. He was one of the prime practitioners of the critic Lawrence Alloway’s theory of a ‘fine/pop art continuum’. Hamilton interpreted this as meaning that ‘all art is equal – there was no hierarchy of value. Elvis was to one side of a long line while Picasso was strung out on the other side … TV is neither less nor more legitimate an influence than, for example, is New York Abstract Expressionism’.