Richard Hamilton, protest artist, 1922 -2011

Dubbed the “father of Pop Art”,  English artist Richard Hamilton who died in Oxfordshire this week aged 89.

Towards a definitive statement on the coming trends in mens’ wear and accessories” ( mixed media, 1962 )

Apart from renown works perceptively, if somewhat sardonically, delivering social commentary on his times,
Richard deserved great credit for his brave Dada-like spirit and stance in incorporating morally-motivated political
protest into several of his major works, despite their probably having had a career-limiting effect; notably;

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The Treatment Room ( 1983-84 )
(  Depicting Margaret Thatcher’s brainwashing of a nation )

… and
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Blair, mid-2000s – the image gun-slings for itself.

* Interestingly, In the early 1960s Hamilton received a grant from the Arts Council to investigate the condition of the Dadaist
Kurt Schwitters ‘Merzbau’ ( Merz Barn ) near Elterwater, Great Langdale Cumbria. The research eventually resulted in Hamilton organising the preservation of the work by relocating it to the Hatton Gallery in the Newcastle University.

Three essentials encapsulating the spirit of Dada, the ” Three P’s “..
Perception, Protest and Play.

M St.M

Wikipedia link to Richard Hamilton’s complete biography;


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A LondonDada protest work;

” Look.   … “
( jaundiced with blood on hands )
c. Michael St.Mark

London Dada work 463; Blair at the Iraq enquiry, January 2011

(  Tonally-adjusted TV screenshot.
Inkjet print assemblage, hand-finished in acrylic.
20″ X 16″ )

Link to London Dada vs. Wolff Olins Olympic logo litigation.

London Dada Work No. 512; They who have seen the light VI – Codger in Corduroy

*Image & post reinstated 2017

Codger in Corduroy

c. Michael St.Mark 2011

We continue on with our ” They Who Have Seen the Light ” series.
Celebrating diversity and eccentricity of attire in public

This particular gentleman was color-coded down to designer glasses, shoes
and the bagel he was munching while waiting… but corduroy? In 2011?
Yet if he lives long enough and the adage is valid, he will stick around long
enough for this 1970s secondary school teacher fashion crime to return again.
( can’t wait ! – ed )




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London Dada Work No. 510; Auntie Gravity & Aunty Gravity


Auntie Gravity
c. Michael St.Mark 2011

From the “Postcard from Planet Siluria” genre.
Just out of sight,  a washing-up liquid bottle labelled ‘Queasy’.

( click to expand the sensation, max recommended viewing time c. 15 seconds )

As a child between the ages of about 9 to 14, Auntie M. would make a habit of visiting us each and every Sunday after lunch.
She’d be slunk low into the big soft lounge bay window armchair, endlessly holding forth ’til father made his excuse to leave ( typically “going to see a man about a (pub) dog” ). Mother would then reluctantly assume the role of a listening post for hours on end for a rambling monologue on all the local tittle-tattle and life’s injustices ( towards her naturally ).. of the previous week.
Auntie would usually get through five or six cups of tea from the same Cartland-pink floral bone china cup that mother kept ensconced away for these “special occasions”.

Rainy day Sundays were the worst – trapped indoors and with the afternoon wearing on excruciatingly slowly a distinct sense of queasiness would creep up on me, eventually inducing an intense irritability and deep desire to see the back of ‘auntie chatterbox’ – til the next weekend.

The sensation experienced by this found / arranged objects kitchen image recapturing surprisingly well this Sundays-with-auntie childhood experience.

Maybe it rocks your sea sick boat too?

M. St.M



Possibly a first in art history; this London Dada Work, Auntie Gravity (2011 ) reoriented to portrait viewing mode to create a new and more impactful Work,  titled Aunty Gravity ( 2018 )


* This Work ( Auntie Gravity )  is featured and its purport elaborated and explained on the official
  London Dada website here



691 London Dada, work 509; The Irrepressible.


The Irrepressible / No-one kills the Beast
c. Art Axis 2008


Gents toilet trap, M6 Moto services, Burton-in-Kendal.
Cubicle partition drill-poof steel plate purpose defeated ( top right, peekaboo hole tissue- blocked )


London Dada Work 508; “But I Ingress”

But I Ingress
c. Michael St.Mark 2011


Former public conveniences. Victoria Park, Finchley. London N.


Interest was evoked by a surprise reversal of nature in this public space, a large
Ivy creeper growing inwards – towards the dark – and almost inevitably gaining access
through the narrowest of spaces. Additionally the frosted silhouette of this secretive
plant, with its ancient associations with witchcraft and the occult,
empowering it
with somewhat sinister and menacing overtones, even perhaps invoking disturbing
echos of the shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho or else some B Movie
Day of the Triffids’esque





Work No. 507; Baked Beans on Loam

Baked beans
on loam ( South Mimms, Herts )

c. 2011 Michael St. Mark

Out for a weekday amble, we pass a 3-acre field recently torched by some
idiot fire-starter.
On closer inspection the former crop is discovered to be Field Beans and..
a creative spark of sorts was struck