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Roy Lichtenstein

American, (1923–1997)
Roy Lichtenstein (October 27 1923 - September 29, 1997) was an American Pop artist and a leading figurehead of the movement in the 1960s. Lichtenstein is known for his parodies of advertisements and comic books, and his attention to the clichés of both commercial print culture and high art aesthetic. Of his most renowned works are Whaam! and Drowning Girl (1963); both are demonstrative of Lichtenstein’s manual process of hand-copying the original source image, tracing the sketch onto canvas using perforated templates to exaggerate the technique commonly used in printed imagery known as Ben-Day dots. This dotted patterning would become a signature element of Lichtenstein’s style, and echoed his sentiment that Pop art was what he described as “industrial painting.” Aiming to exaggerate pictorial clichés of commercial art, Lichtenstein often restricted his color palette to primary colors and heightened contrast to incorporate the appearance of mechanical reproduction into the world of fine-art.

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