Roy Lichtenstein (1923 1997)

Biography

Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York in 1923 and is considered one of the greatest artists of the Pop Art movement.  He was among the most important and enduring Pop artists to emerge during the early 1960s and has maintained his market dominance to date.

His themes are based on printed imagery such as comics and advertisements; art based on art and architecture of a wide variety of styles; and reflective and reflected everyday images in his recognizable and iconic style.  His formal language consistently involves black outlines, stripes, dots, brushstrokes, flat fields, foils and schematic patterns such as wood grain and canvas weave.

The use of familiar subjects like comic strips, bank notes or advertising themes, makes the art of Roy Lichtenstein easily accessible.  One of Lichtenstein's first experiments with popular images was in 1956, when he created the famous Ten Dollar Bill print.  Then followed a three-year period in which he embraced a more Abstract Expressionist style.  Shortly thereafter, he began experimenting with advertising images and his style became solidified.

Lichtenstein frequently combines many different printing techniques in order to attain depth and texture on his surfaces.  His works on paper are characterized by a use of bold colours and strong lines, which are heightened by his successful combinations of a variety of mediums such as linocut, etching, lithograph, woodcut and screenprint.

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