Roy Lichtenstein was an American artist, known as a leading figure of the pop art movement. Lichtenstein is most remembered for his comic-strip panel paintings, in which he created large-scale artworks based on comic-book images. He later used the Ben-Day dot aesthetic to create commissioned public artworks and several print editions.
Crying Girl. 1963. Lithograph. 16x24 in
Lichtenstein was born in New York City, where he was exposed to art at an early age. He took classes at the Art Student League of New York before leaving to study at Ohio State University. Lichtenstein completed his Masters degree in Ohio, which allowed him to teach college level courses.
The Red Horseman. Poster for Exhibition at Leo Castelli, offset lithograph. 1975.
Modern Print. lithograph and screenprint in colors. 1971. Printed by Gemini G.E.L.
Crak! 1969. Offset Lithograph, published by Leo Castelli. Printed by Colorcraft, New York
In the 1950s Lichtenstein started having more solo shows, which eventually led him back to his native, New York. By the 1960s, Lichtenstein was using more pop imagery and started showing at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York, a gallery that showed other major pop artists like Andy Warhol.
Lichtenstein’s graphic style lends itself beautifully to the printmaking medium. Lichtenstein’s work was was adapted into lithograph print edition, posters and book illustrations. He worked with major printshops such as Los Angelos’s Gemini G.E.L.
Yellow Vase, from Interior Series, 1990. Lithograph, woodcut, screenprint on museum board, published by Gemini G.E.L. 50 5/8 x 74 5/8 in.
Lichtenstein’s prints continue to sell for large sums and are in major, modern art collections around the world. Lichtenstein’s legacy is protected by a foundation, established in the artist’s name.