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Title: Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein
Artist, Graphic Designer, Sculptor
Roy Lichtenstein became famous in the early
1960s for his deadpan recreations of popular
imagery, particularly paintings based on war and
romance comics. Lichtenstein's interest in
quoting subjects form both high and low art has
continued throughout his career, producing a
fascinating and varied body of work. Roy
Lichtenstein, Vol. 1 by Lawrence Alloway
The Life of Roy
The Early Days
  • On October 27th, 1923 Roy Lichtenstein was born
    in Manhattan to Milton, a real-estate broker, and
    Beatice, a homemaker.
  • As a child, Roy showed interest in drawing,
    science and building model airplanes. For
    entertainment, he enjoyed listening to Flash
    Gordon on the radio. Later, his work shows roots
    in these interests.
  • At 14 years old he enrolled in a watercolor class
    at the Parsons School of design in Manhattan.
  • In 1940, Roy graduated from high school and
    enrolled in his freshman year at Ohio State
    University. There he took his first drawing

The Life of Roy
The Early Days
  • From 1943-1946 Roy did active duty in the Air
    Force. He traveled over to Europe where he
    visited France and Belgium. While there he saw
    combat action in Germany.
  • While in the Air Force he kept his sketchbooks
    full of drawing of fellow soldiers and new
  • After his tour of duty in the Air Force he
    returned to Ohio State University where he
    graduated in June of 1946 with a Bachelor of Fine
    Arts degree.
  • That August, in 1946, he began graduate school at
    Ohio State. While there as a graduate student he
    was also teaching in the fine arts department as
    an instructor. In 1949, he received his Master of
    Fine Art from Ohio State.
  • While doing his undergraduate work his style at
    this time was based on American genre paintings.
    The subjects of his work was recognizable but it
    was in the Cubist style with Expressionist

Works of Roy
This one of his early works that was inspired by
the Cubist period. In an iterview he had this to
say about Cubism That element of play in
Cubism where the play becomes more literary, it
led to Dada. I don't think that my work relates
to Dada, though probably everybody's painting is
influenced by Dada, including Jackson Pollock's.
But I think that the principal influence was
Cubism and still is.
The Surrender of Weatherford to Jackson
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  • In 1949, Roy had his first gallery exhibition at
    the Chinese Gallery in New York.
  • Before he made a living doing art, he worked
    several different jobs, that were each short-
    lived but still kept his skills sharp. Roy was a
    drawing teacher for a commercial art school, an
    engineering draftsman for a steel company,
    designed display windows for department stores
    and drew black and white images for an instrument
  • Then in 1951, he began to take his work to
    galleries himself on the roof of his car.
  • His work at this time was made of wood, metal
    pieces and found objects. He used muted colors
    like pinks and blues.

Works of Roy
In 1956, he showed early signs of pop art work to
come. This however was the only lithograph that
he did like this until many years later.
Ten Dollar Bill
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Early on his career, he began to use abstract
expressionist style in his work. He began to
dabble with cartoon imagery with the likenesses
of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Bugs Bunny.
Bugs Bunny
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Donald Duck
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In the summer of 1961, he created his first
painting using Benday dots in his
soon-to-be-signature cartoon style with a
dialogue balloon. This was a process that used a
plastic bristle brush dipped in oil paint and
stenciled onto a canvas using a roller. The
roller distributed the paint over his handmade
metal screen and then he used a small scrub brush
to push the paint through.
Works of Roy
Here is an example of his cartoon style. It
resembles a panel excerpt from a comic book.
Look Mickey
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His work began to evolve into a style that was
unique to him. He painted advertisement like
paintings depicting consumer products. These were
often very simple and restricted to few colors.
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Here he is working in blue and white to give this
piece a simulated printed reproduction feel.
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Roy was able to impress the director of the Leo
Castelli Gallery with this painting. They agreed
to represent him as an artist. It was there that
Roys work was seen by Andy Warhol. After meeting
Warhol, Roy was invited to his studio to view his
work. While he was there, Roy saw the works of
Warhol for the first time. His work consisted of
similar subject matter to Roys, comic strip
style and consumer goods .
Girl with Ball
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From 1961-1968 he created a series of of black
and white drawings using ink and a speedball pen.
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Bread in Bag
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This painting he based on the works of Paul
Man with Folded Arms
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In 1962 he creates his first painting that
depicts womens heads close up. This will also
become a signature style for him in much of his
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He experimented with painting only single words
on the canvas but, that idea didnt last long. He
decided that wasnt a great idea.
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He based some of his work on war comics. These
paintings felt like excerpts from a story. This
makes the viewer create a situation in their mind
about what has happened before this and what will
happen next.
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Torpedo Los
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Live Ammo
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Roy began a series of paintings that involved
women that resembled the women from the D.C.
comics. They were also very close up angles of
the womens faces.
Drowning Girl
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He replaced his handmade metal screen that he
used to apply the Benday dots with manufactured
one. He also hired employees to apply the paint
to the Benday dots. In 1963, his work begins to
appear in Pop Art shows. Then in 1964, he
replaced the metal screens with paper screens
made especially for him. This enables him to
make the Benday dots in proportion to the size of
the canvas making the dots larger.
Girl with Hair Ribbon
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Roy was also a sculptor. He was inspired by the
New York subway signs. This sculpture has an art
deco quality about it.
Modern Sculpture with Glass Wave
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This is a sculpture that stands 30 feet high in
Arcadia, California. His inspiration came from
Italian Futurism.
Modern Head
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Roy was commissioned to do the cover for
Newsweek, April 25th, 1966. It was an entire
issue about The Story of Pop.
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He was asked again to do another magazine cover,
this time for Time Magazine. Roy was asked to do
two covers in 1967. May 24th, the cover of Time
displayed Lichtensteins portrait of Bobby
Kennedy. Then again in June, Roys artwork graced
the cover with his rendering of a gun for The
Gun in America issue.
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This is a film poster that he did that is
reminisent of the modern movement in America.
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One of his more recent works was this book cover
in 1993.
Tin Tin in the New World a Romance
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This logo for Dreamworks Records was his last
completed project before his death in 1997. Roy
Lichtenstein passed away of complications from
pneumonia. Roy Lichtenstein was mostly a painter
but, his art and styles greatly impacted the
world of graphic design. His style was a timeless
classic and will forever be revered as the
representative for Pop Art.
Works of Roy Biblography
References Alloway,Lawerance Lichtenstein,
Roy(1983). Roy Lichtenstein, Vol. 1. Abbeville
Press, Incorporated .
Sylvestor, David (1997). "Some Kind of Reality".
New York City Broadcast.
Refer to The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
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