Roy Lichtenstein, born in 1923, was one of the first American artists to succeed world fame. His most famous technique was similar to Pointillism; small coloured dots, combined in various ways, closely-placed to design massive paintings. Unlike other artists, his inspiration was mainly derived from cultural trends of his time, rather than his internal feelings. In the early '60s, he was borrowing elements from artworks made by artists such as Cezanne and Picasso, as well as clippings from cartoons and newspapers. Using these elements as an artistic base, he created masterpieces applying his own techniques.
Roy Lichtenstein was the central figure of my historical and artistic research. I focused on the application of dots in various sizes and layers, as well as the use of thick black lines. These prominent lines are something that I also discovered in the work of other artists of the era, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. My work was largely influenced by these elements found in Lichtenstein's bold, "dotty", comic pop art. Every colour applied on my patterns is selected from his paintings. For instance, the red colour used on the medium dots (see reverse) is the colour used for the lips seen in "Woman in Bath" (1963). Parts of my historical research included Andy Warhol's 'Silver Factory' studio, as well as fashion icons and artists' night life. I concluded that during that era, innocence was elusive in life but dominant in art. Pop Art.