Roy Lichtenstein

I was born on the 27th October 1970. Coincidentally there are some famous people celebrating their birthday on the same as mine. The first one is Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran and the other one is Roy Lichtenstein one of the world's most famous pop art painters.

Roy Fox Lichtenstein was born on the 27th October 1923 in New York and became one of the most famous pop art artists of the world. He was part of an upper-middle-class Jewish family. He got interested in art and design as a hobby through school. He was a jazz fan and he often attended concerts at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. He frequently drew portraits of the musicians playing their instruments. In 1939 he went to Art Students League of New York with Reginald Marsh as his teacher. His study was interrupted by serving the army for 3 years during and after World War II. Then he continued his study at Ohio State University where he was highly influenced by Hoyt L. Sherman.
The End Of The Trail (1951)
In 1951, Lichtenstein had his first solo exhibition at the Carlebach Gallery in New York. During this time he undertook many jobs from draftsman to window decorator. His works at this time fluctuated between Cubism and Expressionism. He became father of 2 sons halfway the 50's.
Donald Duck (1957)
In 1957 he moved back to New York to become a teacher and changed his style to Abstract Expressionism. At that time he becan to incorporate hidden images of cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny into his abstract works. Then he was challenged by his sons who read a Mickey Mouse comic book to paint like that. So he did and painted his famous "Look Mickey" in 1961.
Look Mickey (1961)
As a result it all changed and he started his well know pop art style based on cartoons with the use of the Ben Day Dots painting style invented by Benjamin Henry Day Jr.  This work was first displayed at Leo Castelli's gallery in New York.
Masterpiece (1962)
Lichtenstein began experimenting with sculptures around 1964 demonstrating a the same style with flatness of his paintings. Although Lichtenstein's comic-based work gained some acceptance there are concerns by critics who say Lichtenstein did not credit or pay any royalties to or seek permission from the original artists or copyright holders.
Sculptures made in the 60's by Roy
Whaam! (1963)
Drowning Girl (1963)
In 1966 he did his Modern Paintings series. Which are based on many different art styles but reproduced in his own unique branded style. This was followed by a series of Modern Sculptures in the same style.
Cubistic Still Life With Pipe (1974)
In 1970 Roy made a movie titled "Three Landscapes". A movie of marine landscapes from his art he made between 1964 and 1966. He also started a series of paintings based on Entablatures. This means decoration designs of old greek and roman buildings.
Still Life With Lobster (1974)
From 1972 till 1980 he also made his Still Life series of paintings.
Self Portrait (1976)
During a trip to Los Angeles in 1978 Lichtenstein was fascinated by lawyer Robert Rifkind's collection of German Expressionist prints and illustrated books. He began to produce works that borrowed stylistic elements found in Expressionist paintings.
Go For Baroque (1979)
In 1983 Lichtenstein made two anti-apartheid posters which were simply titled "Against Apartheid".
Against Apartheid (1983)
Lichtenstein died of pneumonia on September 29th, 1997.

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