Roy Lichtenstein

BIOGRAPHY

1923-1997

Roy Lichtenstein’s iconic paintings engage the more predatory aspects of mass imagery through his appropriation of Benday dots and comic book illustrations to render these themes in a visual onomatopoeia: “The closer my work is to the original, the more . . . critical the content” regarding “things we hate, but which are also powerful in their impingement on us.”  From the telephone book, he drew inspiration from furniture ads for his interiors series. Lichtenstein attended the Art Students League and Ohio State University.  His first one-man show was at the Leo Castelli Gallery (1962).  A museum retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum (1967) followed. Traveling exhibitions throughout Europe culminated in a retrospective at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (1993).