The Art of Roy Lichtenstein
By Sarah Thomas (Suite101.com)
Roy Lichtenstein famously uses cartoons as the language of his art. Born in New York in 1923, (d.1997) he tapped into the 1960′s predeliction for using found or recycled objects in his art, hence the repeated use of cartoons and comic strip styles. During the 1960s his paintings were exhibited at the Leo Castell Gallery in New York City and along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist and others he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the basic premise of pop art better than any other through parody. In 1960, he started teaching at Rutgers University where he was heavily influenced by Allan Kaprow, who was also teaching at the University. Being there, surrounded by creative influences, helped bring back Lichtenstein’s interest to Proto-pop imagery. In 1961 Lichtenstein began his first pop paintings using cartoon images and techniques derived from the appearance of commercial printing. This phase would continue to 1965, and included the use of advertising imagery suggesting consumerism and homemaking.