Born on October 27, 1923 in Manhattan, New York, Roy Lichtenstein is famous for his comic-strip style, expressive works of art known as Pop Art. He is one of the most innovative artists of the second half of the twentieth century as he was a forerunner to originate the Pop Art movement. His paintings pay homage to the newspaper printing of comic strip and advertisement imagery.
Lichtenstein’s work brought a fresh perspective to the art scene in America, and his paintings are widely known internationally today. His paintings are known to carry a darker undertone of facetious humor, using quotes to accompany the emotion of his paintings. One of his most famous paintings, “Drowning Girl”, displays a girl painted in comic style, neck deep in a pool of water with her left hand raised slightly, tears streaming down her closed eyes. A thought bubble sits painted above her head with the words, “I don’t care I’d rather sink than call Brad for help!”
Another of his most recognized works of art conveys a comic-hero style girl, her brow furrowed and a white telephone to her ear with a talk bubble enclosing the words, “Oh Jeff… I Love You Too… But…” Lichtenstein found major success in the early 60’s and he went on to create more than 5,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, murals and more. His work is celebrated for its unique pop art style and witty humor.