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Roy Lichtenstein's hand painted reproductions with oil paint on canvas

Buy Roy Lichtenstein’s hand painted reproductions of superb craftsmanship, that mimic every detail of the master’s work. Choose from dozens of canvas.


The particularity of Lichtenstein's style lies in his Ben-Day Dots. What is this, will you ask?

Wikipedia says:

“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.


Technique to reproduce Ben-Day dots

In fact, the technique is simple, and we do like Lichtenstein did.

After passing the first painting process steps, as explained in "painting reproduction at our studio"(see article), we use a stencil, of variable size, depending on the dimension of the canvas. The only difference is that Lichtenstein used steel stencils, when ours are made of plastic—it is easier these days, we are no longer in 1960!

The canvas is prepared as explained above, then the outlines of the shapes are drawn, but not like any other painting. The frame must be precise, and the features well defined so that the Ben-Day dots do not exceed their boundaries. Unlike other reproductions of paintings where it is possible to rectify afterwards, the reproduction of Lichtenstein does not give much room for error - if something goes wrong, we have to do everything all over again.

The shapes are drawn, then we apply the Ben-Day dots with multiple stencils. Once the work is finished (and dry), all that remains is to trace all the outlines in black and paint the colored surfaces. All other parts of the painting are hand-painted, like the black surfaces in "Figures in Landscape", for example.

The only difference with Roy is that he used Magna - a paint made from pigments mixed with acrylic resin and emulsified with solvents, which no longer exists today. We make our reproductions of Lichtenstein paintings with oil paint.

Roy Lichtenstein's style

Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997) was an American artist of the Pop Art movement, from which you certainly know Andy Warhol.

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 own 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 own way, and created his own style.

In general, I agree with David Barsalou to say that Lichtenstein has simply copied the work of draftsmen (see Deconstructing Roy Lichtenstein).

However, we must concede him two things:

  1. He chose drawings that made sense in the society at the time, and they will go through the ages, rather than falling into oblivion.
  2. He reworked them in his own way, with his own style, and his famous Ben-Day dots gave them a different meaning.

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.

A little story of Roy Lichtenstein

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.

A complete biography of Roy Lichtenstein
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