Roy Lichtenstein reproductions are not easy to do, the biggest challenge being to copy the Ben-Day dots.
Our Lichtenstein reproductions are first printed on a high-quality canvas, then we paint them over with oil painting, except for the dots or lines parts.
The result is a vibrant oil painting reproduction, based on a print on canvas, that get the details and colors exactly as an original Lichtenstein painting.
The answer is quite obvious: a print is just a photo, it lacks the warm authentic feel of an oil painting reproduction.
It is like having a Van Gogh at home, and a photo of a Van Gogh painting.
Prints are cheaper than real oil painting reproductions, of course, it is just a print made with a bigger printer than the one you may have at home. It is not because the impression is made on canvas that it makes it an artwork.
Our technique, mixing print and hand made oil painting keeps the original details of the painting, and give the canvas a real authentic feel, while preserving the original Ben-Day dots colors and proportional sizes.
“The Ben-Day dots printing process, named after illustrator and printer Benjamin Henry Day, Jr., is a technique dating from 1879. Depending on the effect, color and optical illusion needed, small colored dots are closely spaced, widely spaced or overlapping. Magenta dots, for example, are widely spaced to create pink. Pulp comic books of the 1950s and 1960s used Ben-Day dots in the four process colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) to inexpensively create shading and secondary colors such as green, purple, orange and flesh tones.”
It was a dot printing technique that allowed to color the images in different shades.
Roy Lichtenstein uses the same principle, but enlarges it enormously, until the points are visible and the spectator no longer perceives a united surface but colored dots.
Suffice to say that the style which made him famous is copied from the American comic strip, from which he often borrowed drawings, to modify them with his style. Son of the postwar consumer society, when Andy was selling soup box designs at exorbitant prices and making portraits of Marilyn and other celebrities at 10,000 USD / piece (a fortune for the time), Lichtenstein chose his way, and created his style.
Is it not the role of the artist to take casual objects and reveal them in another light? Whether it's a chamber pot, a local landscape, or a comic strip, the result is the same: it's the artist who showed it to us from a particular, new angle, which gives it a different meaning and challenge our artistic sense?
Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York on October 27, 1923, and grew up in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In the 60s he became one of the prominent figures of the new artistic movement, Pop Art (diminutive of Popular Art). Inspired by advertising and comics, Lichtenstein's bright, graphic works parody popular American culture as well as the world of art. He died in New York on September 29, 1997, at age 74, of pneumonia.
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