The 15 Best-Dressed Artists Of All Time

And what we can learn from them

David Hockney

It's a strange fact that fashion designers don't tend to dress particularly well, despite the fact they can make the most beautiful people in the world look even more sublime.

Artists, on the other hand, are entirely different animals.

Operating in a sphere defined by a steadfast dedication to a single aesthetic, artists tend to stick to one look and make it an as integral part of their shtick as the paintings they paint and the sculptures they sculpt.

Take Andy Warhol for instance. Warhol's shock of peroxide blonde hair has come to represent the Pop Art movement with more clarity than much of the work made at the time. It's a similar story with David Hockney, whose penchant for primary colours is as visible on his canvases as it is in his wardrobe.

Herewith, a list of the most stylish artists to have ever lived, and the style lessons you can learn from them.

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1 Henry Hudson

33 year-old British artist Henry Hudson is best known for producing enormous paintings out of plasticine. Aside from being touted as one of the most talented young artists of his generation, Hudson is also devilishly handsome and impeccably dressed. Working slouchy tailoring with as much mastery as he does plasticine, there's a quintessential Britishness to his look, defined by his thing for fabrics such as corduroy and velvet and his understated use of colour.

2 Jeremy Deller

British installation artist and Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller is most famous for his large scale collaborative projects. His 2001 work The Battle of Orgreave, for instance, brought 1000 people together for a re-enactment of an altercation which occurred during the 1984 miners strike. Deller also collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a garden project in 2009, which isn't surprising given his own personal style. Deller's penchant for bold colour and his artful ability to mix sportswear with more traditional tailoring is impressive.

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3 Cerith Wyn Evans

Welsh conceptual artist Cerith Wyn Evans is recognisable not only for his exaggerated 'tache and his dexterity with neon light tubes, but also his distinctive personal style. Never out of a beautifully tailored suit, he also has a great way with summer scarves and fedoras.

4 Matthew Barney

Husband of Bjork and a former model, Matthew Barney is potentially the most handsome artist to ever have lived. Great with tonal tailoring and a pioneer of the Canadian tuxedo, the American artist has also been known to rock a pretty mean beard.

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5 Lucien Freud

The neck scarves! The double-breasted jackets! The Hawk! No artist in history has ever looked better than the late great Lucian Freud. A lesson in insouciance, the painter also wore a Henley shirt better than most.

6 Joseph Beuys

German performance artist and sculptor Joseph Beuys was best known for his association with the Fluxus movement, which focused on the production of artistic 'happenings' as opposed to artistic 'objects'. With his melancholic face and penchant for field jackets and hats, he also had a style all his own.

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7 David Hockney

Probably Britain's greatest living artist, David Hockney is as famous for his shock of blonde hair and circular spectacles as he is for his extraordinary landscapes and use of colour. Mixing preppy sportswear with bright accessories and soft shouldered tailoring, he remains one of Britain's most stylish men to this day.

8 Andy Warhol

No other artist has so fully infiltrated and influenced the world of fashion more than Andy Warhol. The artist's proximity to the New York club scene and the world of hedonistic celebrity culture positioned him as a global style icon – identifiable by his love of black roll necks, biker jackets and that extraordinary head of hair.

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9 Jackson Pollock

With a face like Steve McQueen and an attitude to match, Jackson Pollock was the master of American work wear – no one in history has ever made overalls look so cool.

10 Richard Hamilton

A fan of layered work shirts, neckerchiefs and natty baker boy caps, father of pop art Richard Hamilton looks like Jeremy Corbyn on a particularly creative day.