Richard Hamilton, hailed as the father of British pop art, died early yesterday morning following a short illness.
Up until a few days ago, the 89-year-old painter and printmaker had been working on a new museum retrospective which was due to travel to a number of galleries around the globe.
Hamilton was born in London in 1922 and dedicated his life to art and design. His most famous work, the 1956 collage Just What is it That Makes Today’s Homes so Different, so Appealing?, broke the boundaries of conventional fine art and is considered to be a landmark in 20th century design.
Hamilton went on to design the iconic cover to the Beatles’ 1968 White album.
BUSY PARENTS BUY PRESENTS
Unicef has revealed that British parents are under pressure to buy material goods for their children, apparently feeling that they are putting their offspring at risk from bullying if they fail to provide the latest must-have item.
According to a study published today, mothers and fathers are plying their children with expensive gifts in a desperate attempt to make them happy. But the study, which questioned hundreds of children internationally, proves that the desires of our little ones are really a lot simpler.
The study revealed that British families are failing to give their children the time and attention they crave. Shockingly, an earlier Unicef study had concluded that Britain was the unhappiest place to be a child in the developed world.
British homes are filled with all the latest gadgets and an abundance of things to keep children entertained, but all at the expense of quality time spent as a family. Parents claimed that they were just too tired to spend time with, or even talk to, their children when they get home from work. Britons work among the longest hours in the EU.
THE PRINCE AND THE TORTOISE
Prince Charles is following in Darwin’s footsteps and turning his hand to animal rescue.
The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment is setting up a new office on the Galapagos Islands. The islands play host to a number of important animals, including George the giant tortoise, as the native species developed in isolation 600 miles out in the ocean.
The Galapagos, which have seen a massive increase in tourism and resident population over recent years, are planning to double to size of the islands’ largest town. Prince Charles’ office will offer advice to local people on how to build sustainable housing without increasing the threat to the islands’ already endangered species.
Published on The Lady magazine’s website on Wednesday 14th of September 2011.