Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein (October 27, 1923-September 29, 1997) was born and raised in New York, NY. As a young boy growing up and spending time on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, comic books and science were two of his most significant interests. In the 1940s, he began exhibiting his work in art galleries.

 

Lichtenstein is best known for his works that use the aesthetic of comic books with their bright colours, the Ben-Day dots peppered throughout the work, and speech bubbles. The dialogue used by the figures in his works ranged from the comedic to the deadpan to the dramatic, the latter of which can be seen in his most famous work Drowning Girl (1963). Today, Lichtenstein is considered one of the leading figures in Pop Art. His use of comic book aesthetic and mass-produced imagery put him amongst other significant Pop artists including Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Rauschenberg. His work can be found private and public collections around the world, including MoMA, The Broad Museum, and SFMoMA

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