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debArt information file ... Roy Lichtenstein


Roy Lichtenstein, a brief history ...

Roy Lichtenstein. Born New York, 27th October 1923. Died New York, 30th September 1997

During the late thirties, Lichtenstein studied in New York at the Art Students League under Reginald Marsh. In 1940 he moved to Ohio State University, Columbus where, at the School of Fine Arts he studied under Hoyt L. Sherman. National service in the army took him away from his studies between 1943 to 1946. In 1949 he obtained an M.F.A. Lichtenstein's first major exhibition took place in 1951at the Carlebach Gallery, New York. This exhibition dedicated solely to his work featured his semi-abstract paintings of the old West. In the early fifties Lichtenstein moved with his family to Cleveland and took a position as a draftsman whilst continuing to paint in his spare time.

In 1957 Lichtenstein secured a position at the State University of New York where he taught until 1960. During this time he had started to include rough cartoon characters in his work. Between 1960 and 1963, he lived in New Jersey and taught at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. During this period he mixed with well know characters in the art world who were experimenting with what would become the foundations of pop art. Throughout the early sixties his paintings increasingly featured comic-strip figures. Lichtenstein comic-strip figures were coloured with benday-dots backgrounds grounds , speech balloons and thought bubbles. Lichtenstein pop art tendencies also lead him to experiment with images cut from adverts and magazines to form collage. Throughout the sixties and on into the seventies, his work became quite stylised and depicted landscapes, packaging and consumer-products. Lichtenstein also produced works parodies of well known artists styles in his series "Brushstrokes" and work with a geometric style leaning towards Art Deco with his "Modern" series.

Through the latter half of the seventies, Lichtenstein produced work, which as true pop art, challenged artistic style. A large proportion of his work poked fun at well-known art styles. His work continued in this vein throughout the eighties and into the nineties and included his series "Interiors" which interesting included images of his own work on display.

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(Original comic pictures Lichtenstein used for his work ... takes a while to load but interesting)