Pop Art’s Roy Lichtenstein reaches QUT
Roy Lichtenstein could be considered a member of Pop Art royalty, helping to lead the 1960s movement shaped by American consumerism.
Just like his contemporary Andy Warhol, Roy’s works were distinctly individual and recognisable thanks to his use of bright colour, strong lines and cartoonish imagery. His most famous works incorporated comic-strip-style figures, advertisements and dot imagery. Never a buzzkill, each artwork is evidence of his humorous approach to art that managed to also be a clever reflection on society.
Lucky for art aficionados, a selection of Roy’s works will be on display at the QUT Art Museum from June 30, in an exhibition entitled Roy Lichtenstein: Pop Remix. The 80 pieces were collected exclusively from the National Gallery of Australia’s Kenneth Tyler Print Collection and include some of the artist’s best-known prints. Also included will be some restored rare candid photography and films, which reveal a little insight into his complex character and private life. Roy’s career is traced in the exhibition, which contains images from the 1950s through to the 1990s, exploring his creation method, techniques and how he took inspiration from historical sources, include Monet and Ernst.