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Artist of the day: Roy Lichtenstein


Lichtenstein has always been one of my favourite pop artists. He was an american dude whose attire was so Steve Jobs it’s hard to believe that brewing inside him was a flurry of brightly coloured dots and lines.

He rose to prominence in the 1960s along with others in the pop art movement such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and others. His art is based on the comic strip often parodying the characters in comics such as in Drowning Girl.

He uses precise composition and many series of dots and occasionally lines to produce large prints. He was a master of appropriation.

Applying a systematic approach to his creative energy, his entire body of work was constructed following a sophisticated strategy of image selection, reinterpretation and reissue.

Lichtenstein developed a central creative principle that became a potent formula: an ability to identify over-used cultural clich├ęs and to repackage them as monumental remixes.

Lichtenstein collage