Coskun Fine Art

Roy Lichtenstein. Reflections

Roy Lichtenstein. Reflections

Wednesday, June 21, 2006Monday, July 10, 2006


London, United Kingdom

Champagne Reception 20 June 6.30 - 8.30

Coskun presents an opportunity for Pop Art lovers to view the famous Reflections portfolio by Roy Lichtentstein 21 June to 10 July 2006 at their galleries located at 91 Walton Street.

The series comprising seven supersized images made with metalized PVC collage where the central image is obscured by a reflective streak show Lichtenstein at his best. The images titled Reflections on Crash, Reflections on Conversation, Reflections on Hair, Reflections on Brushstrokes, Reflections on Minerva and Reflections on Girl and Reflections on Scream have all elements of Lichtenstein's ouvre from comic strips to black outlines, stripes, dots, brushstrokes, flat fields to foils which define his work.

Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York in 1923 and next to Andy Warhol he is considered as the great artist of the Pop Art movement. He proved to be among the most important and enduring Pop artists who emerged in the early 1960s. His major themes, usually used ironically, include art based on printed imagery such as comics and advertisements; art based on art and architecture or wide variety of styles; and reflective and reflected notions of hackneyed images in a set style. His formal language consistently involved black outlines, stripes, dots, brushstrokes, flat fields, foils, and such schematic patterns as wood grain and canvas weave.

The use of familiar subjects like comic strips, bank notes or advertising themes, makes the art of Roy Lichtenstein easily accessible. Like Andy Warhol he worked in the commercial graphic business for a while - making designs and decorating shop windows. From 1957 on, he taught at different universities. Lichtenstein's first experiments with popular images go back to 1956, when he created the famous Ten Dollar Bill print. Then followed a three year period of abstract painting. "Abstract expressionism" was the dominating art movement at that time. Lichtenstein was then in his late thirties and an unknown artist. The drastic change in Lichtenstein's career came with his first painting in the style of a comic strip. It was a painting of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Lichtenstein worked a lot with stencils, thus producing rows of oversized dots that should make his paintings or prints look like a huge mass publication product. Although he prepared and executed his works painstakingly like the old masters, he wanted his works of art look like machine made. One of his peculiarities was, that he did not want his brush strokes to be seen. Other than paintings and sculptures, the artist produced a number of prints for which he used different techniques: lithographs, screenprints, etchings and woodcuts. Often he combined these techniques in one print.

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