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Roy Lichtenstein: Grandpa - Signed Mixed Media

Signed Mixed Media

Roy Lichtenstein


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Mixed Media, 1989
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 60
H 133cm x W 94cm

Critical Review

Grandpa is constructed out of pale blue, purple and boldly outlined grey sweeps. Similar to another work in the series titled Blue Face, the print imitates the mannerism of the abstract expressionists. Reinforced by its blunt title, the simplified composition is imbued with irony.

In this work, the artist satirises Abstract Expressionism’s claim that brushstrokes are meant to relay subconscious messages. Lichtenstein's Grandpa proves that every stroke is consciously performed and predetermined. Exploiting the abstract qualities of Lichtenstein’s own pictorial language, the expressive potential of the brushstroke here helps explore the formal concerns of painting itself.

The production of this print combined a number of different printing processes, including lithography, screen print and woodcut. Beeswax was employed for the lithographs in this series, as an alternative to printer’s ink. This in turn induced a polished surface texture once printed on the exquisite watercolour paper utilised by the Brushwork Faces series.

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