Roy Lichtenstein - Pixel Art - Comics Gone Magnificent!
About Roy Lichtenstein- Roy Lichtenstein Comic Strip Art
Roy Lichtenstein was/is known for taking comic strip images to a new level. Pixels gone wild with captions saying fun things. When I look at his work I just feel happy! Not a bad thing.
When I first discovered his work I thought.. oh man, what is this? A copy of a comic strip did not excite me. As I considered more of his artwork though I began to warm up to it and take it more seriously. People are so innovative and the fact about Lichensteins's work is that he was most assuredly innovative and creative in his execution of saying what he wanted to say, with something we already knew and saw often. I think that is pretty darn amazing to take something that is familiar and make it fresh in a way we had never dreamed. Andy Warhol was king of this of course.
I think perhaps my viewpoint is limited in some ways, I need to consider and read more about Lichenstein but for now? This is what excites me about him.
Two interesting quotes by Lichtenstein:
"I think that, say, Picasso's rendering of Delacroix or Velazquez could probably look like a sort of trashy copy of a masterpiece."
"I'm interested in what would normally be considered the worst aspects of commercial art. I think it's the tension between what seems to be so rigid and cliched and the fact that art really can't be this way."
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ORIGIN 1960s: abbreviation of picture element
Born October 27, 1923
New York City
Died September 29, 1997 (aged 73)
New York City
Training Ohio State University
Movement Pop Art
Famous works Whaam! (1963)
His Most Famous Painting (Whaam!) - Roy Lichtenstein - by Annette Labedzki
A popular American 'Pop Artist' Roy Fox Lichtenstein or Roy Lichtenstein (October 27, 1923 - September 29, 1997) was born in New York City in an upper middle class family. He went to public school until he was 12. Lichtenstein had a diverse career as a teacher, an artist, along with being an innovator. Although he was trained in both drawing and painting, a significant influence on his work was of comic books, cartoons, and popular advertising, basically the creative things that people did not regard as 'serious' art. Lichtenstein called his 'Pop Art' as, "not 'American' painting but actually industrial painting." Lichtenstein's early interest in art and design was more of a hobby. He was a jazz fan and would frequently make the portraits of musicians playing instruments. Following his graduation from school, Lichtenstein took summer classes in the Art Students League of New York. Later he joined the Ohio State University for studying Fine Arts, but could not complete his study on the account of a three-year (1943-46) spell in the army during and post World War II. His work during the early 1950s alternated between 'Expressionism' and 'Cubism.' Towards the late 1950s, Roy took to 'Abstract Expressionism.' Roy's most famous and well-known creation is undoubtedly "Whaam!" (1963).
The inspiration behind "Whaam!" was a comic-book picture from 'All American Men of War,' published in 1962 by DC comics. The painting shows a rocket being fired by a fighter plane towards an enemy plane, along with a red-yellow explosion. To add interest, the painting has the onomatopoeic words "Whaam!" on it, along with the caption saying, "I pressed the fire control... and ahead of me rockets blazed through the sky..." "Whaam!," a diptych, is a big painting, measuring 1.7 x 4.0 m (5 ft 7 in x 13 ft 4 in) and is presently displayed at Tate Modern in London, England.
Lichtenstein had the unique ability to create an extremely personalized painting from an already existing cartoon or advertisement. He had the knack of adapting & working upon original pictures and presenting intense emotional situations & scenes, quite impersonally, leaving the interpretation of the subject to the viewer. He therefore presented well-known pictures in a completely new light, capturing the world's imagination. Apart from paintings, Lichtenstein also created sculptures in plastic & metal and a lot of screen-printing as well. Although a majority of his most famous creations is quite close to, although not strictly, the copies of panels from comic books, Lichtenstein broadly stopped working on this subject in 1965. But not before he had created amazing paintings depicting 'Pop Art' and his most famed creation, "Whaam!"
Annette Labedzki received her BFA at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. She has more than 25 years experience. She is the founder and developer of an online art gallery featuring original art from all over the world. It is a great site for art collectors to buy original art. Is is also a venue for artists to display and sell their art . Artists can join for free and their image upload is unlimited.
Roy Lichtenstein Quotes
Reading quotes from the man himself will give you great insights into who he was and what inspired him to do his art,
Art doesn't transform. It just plain forms.
But certainly the Abstract Expressionists were in a more romantic mode of painting, or give and take, than my paintings are seen to be anyway.
But usually I begin things through a drawing, so a lot of things are worked out in the drawing. But even then, I still allow for and want to make changes.
But when I worked on a painting I would do it from a drawing but I would put certain things I was fairly sure I wanted in the painting, and then collage on the painting with printed dots or painted paper or something before I really committed it.
For instance the color is different, you know, from just colored pencil to colored paint - it's two different things.
I don't have big anxieties. I wish I did. I'd be much more interesting.
I don't think that I'm over his influence but they probably don't look like Picasso's; Picasso himself would probably have thrown up looking at my pictures.
I kind of do the drawing with the painting in mind, but it's very hard to guess at a size or a color and all the colors around it and what it will really look like.
I like to pretend that my art has nothing to do with me.
I suppose I would still prefer to sit under a tree with a picnic basket rather than under a gas pump, but signs and comic strips are interesting as subject matter.
I think art since Cezanne has become extremely romantic and unrealistic, feeding on art. It is Utopian. It has less and less to do with the world. It looks inward - neo-Zen and all that.
I think that most people think painters are kind of ridiculous, you know?
I think that, say, Picasso's rendering of Delacroix or Velazquez could probably look like a sort of trashy copy of a masterpiece.
I think we're much smarter than we were. Everybody knows that abstract art can be art, and most people know that they may not like it, even if they understand there's another purpose to it.
I'm interested in what would normally be considered the worst aspects of commercial art. I think it's the tension between what seems to be so rigid and cliched and the fact that art really can't be this way.
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Kiss V (1964) - Roy Lichtenstein
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Lets Face it - Art Shows Can Be Boring - How to Change That is a Provocative Subject
by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
Artists and their 'potential' collectors, seem far a part at a lot of gallery shows. A lot of galleries are choosing to do interactive things, to not just entertain the potential patron, but to engage them enough to cause them to want a 'piece' of the action, that being the purchase of the art displayed.
I like the idea of interactive art shows, but I am not sure that is the answer when it comes to inspiring the 'art lover' or 'art player" in the case of interactive art shows, to want to buy art.
I have always felt that art shows are boring to the non artist, after the first half hour. I don't have the answer, but I do have a thought on the subject, that might be cause for an interactive conclusion.
I am reminded of a frustration I had many years ago now; I was doing art in action; a sculpture at a Renaissance Fair. At one point I saw a little boy looking bored. I cut off a small piece of clay, coaxed him to me and showed him how to sculpt a face. A crowd began to gather, intrigued, that a little boy around 10 years old, could actually do a sculpture with a few tips. As the tiny head was complete the whole crowd went, "AHHH!" It was a wonderful moment, causing the little boy to shine in his 'own' eyes. I was thrilled by that of course.
Thereafter I showed businessmen, bored housewives and of course children, the tricks of creating a little head, planting seeds of creativity.
The glaring question though, after the crowd went, "AHHH" was 'will they buy?'. I had only $1K plus sculptures that day in a 1 dollar crowd. The 'appreciation' of art had been planted in a few though, so that was/is a start.
Considering the boring factor of art shows, I think that art should bring in ALL of the senses to be effective.
Consider the possible interaction between the artist and the unknowing buyer, meeting together at that very personal space of emotion, that was felt by the artist, the moment they signed their piece and stood back to reach a certain resolve.
Artists need to share that moment.. somehow.
Artist create to music, I personally dance around as I paint. I like to work in my kitchen sometimes, creating yummy smells, in between splashed of paint or moving clay between my fingers. The dream of art arises as I consider a story past the one I am living in, and touch the hand of god there.
I am wondering... IF it is possible for an art exhibition to bring a patron to that place.
It is a lot like the experience with the little boy. I am only suggesting a beginning of thought, not the plan. Perhaps my thoughts on this seem far from provocative and elementary. I only know that art shows can be boring at times and there must be a way of delivering the magic, that prompts a potential patron to want to take a 'piece of emotion' home with them.
The pic is of one of my sculptures from my "Bleeding Wings" series, found on my website.
Roy Lichtenstein's Famous Works - by Mark Traston
In the early 1961, Roy Lichtenstein was challenged by his young son to "paint as good" as the artists of the Mickey Mouse comics the lad was reading. Thus, an icon of the American pop art scene stumbled upon the format that would make him famous.
Two of his best-known works are the comic-inspired pieces, Whaam! and Drowning Girl, both produced in 1963. In these paintings, Lichtenstein utilizes a method of outlining figures in thick, black strokes and fills areas of primary color with Benday dots to produce different shades and hues, both practices reminiscent of the printing methods of comic books produced in the '60s and '70s.
Whaam! was itself an adaptation of an actual illustration from a 1962 war comic published by DC. The painting is a diptych composed of an Air Force aircraft firing a rocket at an enemy who explodes in a brilliant display of red and yellow. In comic book lettering style, a caption in the first panel reads, "I pressed the fire control...and ahead of me rockets blazed through the sky..." The illustration is set off with large, block letters spelling "Whaam!" as the rocket hits its target.
In Torpedo...Los!, the comic-themed panel depicts a close up of a submarine captain peering through a periscope. The scene is punctuated with bold swaths of primary yellow and blue. The painting drew a bid of over $5 million when sold at auction in 1989.
The choice of content of both Torpedo and Whaam! seems heavily influenced by Lichtenstein's own military service which interrupted his art studies at the Ohio State University.
In the 1970s and 80's Lichtenstein began to broaden his focus, including continuing a series of "Artists Studios". Look Mickey depicts a sparsely furnished studio with the Disney character, Donald Duck, in a painting on the studio wall. Much of the space is depicted in stark black and white, contrasting with the blue, yellow, and hints of red in the art on the wall. Donald Duck is fishing and his word balloon reads, "Look Mickey, I've hooked a big one!" A separate word balloon - unattached to any speaker - reads, "See that baldheaded guy over there? That's "Curly" Grogan. He and his mob run half the rackets in this town!"
Other works in the "Studios" series incorporate the work of other artists as back ground material for Lichtenstein's paintings. Lichtenstein also dabbled in surrealism and even constructed metal and plastic sculptures such as Lamp in St. Mary's, Georgia and The Head, in Barcelona.
~Mark Traston is an associate with Portrait Painting. The company specializes in turning a photo to painting. Each portrait artist specializes in a specific area including wedding paintings, pet portraits, and executive portraits.
Roy Lichtenstein Link List
- The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
ROY LICHTENSTEIN FOUNDATION The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation aspires to encourage and support a broader understanding of the art of Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) and the contemporary art and artists of his time. The Foundation intends to carry forwar
- Roy Lichtenstein Online
Roy Lichtenstein [American Pop Artist, 1923-1997] Guide to pictures of works by Roy Lichtenstein in art museum sites and image archives worldwide.
I Will Measure Happiness With My Eyes Closed - A Fairies Call
by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
Maybe we can just stop
and start all over again.
And I won't ask you
if it's OK.
I won't ask anyone at all.
I will step out into that outside world
and hold a victory march
past all my false starts.
Camille and Lily
will meet me
and let me mend
my stolen heart.
I must admit it
in the end
that fantasy and pretend
cannot outlive the wounded lark.
Only wilting flowers
would understand that poem.
A poem considered
one who would close up
and visit no one
go nowhere at all
like words gathered
resembling leaves in the fall.
If you see that sparrow
Remind her I am still waiting
and tell her to find me.
A feather in the skyline
tell her too
to send me her poems
when she feels empty.
those who still measure happy
if there is some kind of code
or justified routine
that meets that channel.
Maybe happiness is over rated.
Darkness requires a lot of alone time.
All my cruelties
so sincerely sorry.
Twas not till this moment
that I understood the consequence
of such failures.
Stopped only by me
with only me to blame
and like any delicate flowers I have known
I fold their wings gently
wishing I could dismiss it all
but of course
Despite my efforts to see at times
I am left with the blindness of sight.
How far can I reach?
How much can be felt?
I am not sure.
But I will consider the day
measure it all with my eyes closed
Camille and Lily
and my fingertips
will measure my way
ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by MZ Urban Art, New York.
FREE ART GIFTS, suitable for children plus prints, giclees, cards, available on my website: http://www.kathysart.com
The pic is of one of my sculptures from my "Bleeding Wings" series
I Captured Pictures of Eos, Goddess of the Dawn and Saw That She Was Weeping
I captured pictures of Eos
Goddess of the Dawn.
I spied her
and despite what she might tell you
that she no longer frets for love
she was seen weeping
by my companion
In honor of romance
I slipped out of my clothes
and spread them on the sidewalk
chalk lines my missing presence
if you had not noticed.
I see pretenses
at least within my own measure
and that might be the cost of loving
I am a faery queen
and Eos knows me now.
In the afternoons I meet up with her
and I listen to her pining
this sacred goddess
longing to know
In honor of our friendship
I bless our meeting on pieces of the sky.
I placed an alter among the sleeping clouds.
There I lined up rows of tiny boxes
placed a votive candle in each
and lit them with the flame of a dragons tongue.
Along the wispy vapored path
I placed a thousand poems
to be understood by everyone
who has ever longed for love.
Within the sentiment of the night
I held a vial of blood
remembering days of yore
graves were meant for visiting.
Magic bares a special curtain
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tis not up to me to fold
or leave that hope open.
I will wait on the seashore
hope each passer by takes it in
as a dove meets the wire
no longer sleeping nor forlorn
meeting some sort of peace.
I am a fairy queen
I say it cause I want to be.
I breathe in the circumference of the moon
once in a while
it smiles back at me.
Unlock the door to creativity
that's the goal of all artists.
Open the doors and let it fly
Find that world of fantasy
that was soo real when we were little.
Goddess of the Dawn.
I spied her
and despite what she might tell you
there was love left under her pillow
as the clouds floated by.
07 April 2009
The image is of my painting "Bed of Dreams" 30x40 oil,gold leaf,lace, on canvas. Original is available for sale through MZ Urban Art, New York.
Pop Art - by Margaret Houghton
The painting of a house was created by Roy Lichtenstein, a foremost Pop artist, The work was designed as an optical illusion. The house was inverted; the point that seemed the nearest corner was actually the farthest from the viewer.
Pop Art emerged in England and also in the US in the late 1950s. It drew from mass culture, such as advertising and comics. It was considered either a reaction or an extension to abstract expressionism. Images of mass culture were deliberately used, which were far removed from the artistic elitist culture. It emphasized the everyday elements found in any culture. It aimed to present art that any viewers would understand and accept. Critics disapproved, seeing it as of no value. (See works by Andy Warhol who painted large canvasses of identical images, such as his "Marilyns,' and his tins of "Campbell Soup.") Pop art at aimed for a large audience, made up of people from all walks of life. It was recognized by the mid-1960s.
Pop Art was transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced and gimmicky. Its every day values had a special appeal to Big Business, giving the latter the opportunity to take advantage thereby expanding and gaining a lucrative success.
~ Margaret Houghton graduated in Fine Art from the Western Australian Institute of Technology in 1982 , majoring in painting. She prefers acrylics to oil paints. She enjoys various kinds of creative writing, but this is her first attempt at writing articles.
Is it art?
Pop art is a whole different form of expression. How do you feel when you compare a da Vinci to a Warhol or Lichtenstein?
Is it ART?
What IS art?
What is art?
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