Colours, collage and composition

Peter Blake uses paint and collage. He is like a magpie, taking influences from popular culture, art history, magazines, newspapers and photographs. His paintings become patchworks of materials and ideas. 


Njideka Akunyili Crosby makes beautiful paintings.She uses a range of reference material including paint, collage, traditional Nigerian portrait fabrics and transfers of family photographs.

Looking at the world around you

Bharti Kher is an Indian contemporary artist. Her work encompasses painting, sculpture and installation, often incorporating bindis, the popular forehead decoration worn by women in India.

Looking through media and photography

Luc Tuymans works from a massive collection of images he takes from film, television and photographs. The subjects of his washed out paintings range from the historical, the banal and the inconsequential.

Text and slogans

Bob and Roberta Smith is the artists name for Patrick Brill. He makes slogan paintings, using traditional sign writing techniques to share opinions and comments on the world around him. His artworks are about important ideas, they are serious and sort of funny at the same time.

Thinking like an artist or how artists think

John Baldessari is a conceptual artist, his artworks are about ideas, they are often humorous and are sometimes stripped back to the simplest possible way of sharing an idea. In 1971 he made this artwork called ‘I will not make any more boring art’