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ROY LICHTENSTEIN

ROY BEACHGIRL by Bob Kessel

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ROY LICHTENSTEIN + PIET MONDRIAN + BOB KESSEL = BOB KESSEL ART

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MASTERPIECE by Roy Lichtenstein

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MASTERPIECE by Bob Kessel
after Roy Lichtenstein

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FORGET IT by Roy Lichtenstein

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FUGHETABOUTIT! by Bob Kessel
after Roy Lichtenstein

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TWO FACES by Roy Lichtenstein

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TWO FACES by Bob Kessel

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KISS  by Roy Lichtenstein after comic book

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KISS KISS by Bob Kessel
after Roy Lichtenstein after comic book

“I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.” - Pablo Picasso

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original comic book frame

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IN THE CAR by Roy Lichtenstein

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IN THE CAR by Bob Kessel

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NUDE WITH TAN LINES by Bob Kessel

If you notice, the dots in Lichtenstein’s art are on a different plane than the line drawing. The dots are there only to represent a halftone from 4 color comic printing. My thinking was, what if one of the dots actually represented something on the line art picture plane? But i decided to use them this time in a witty way (at least to me it seems witty). So, what looks like a red dot? I thought it would be funny to use the dot as a nipple in a nude. The white is bathing suit tan line, which isolates one red dot that represents a nipple.

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SOLD! by Bob Kessel

Another Roy Lichtenstein dots picture. There is usually a card with title of artwork next to pictures in gallery. When a picture is sold, the gallery puts a red dot sticker next to it. The large circle represents a spot light, which usually is on artwork in gallery. For me it echoes the circular dot theme and gives interest to the “negative” space (that is if you consider the “painting of dots” to be the “positive” space, even though it is open to the surrounding white paper and therefore by definition “nothing”. WHEW! Does that make any sense?

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Roy Lichtenstein by Bob Kessel

“The big tradition, I think, is unity. And I have that in mind; and with that, you know, you could break all the traditions- all the other so-called rules, because they are stylistic.. and most are not true. As long as the marks are related to one another, there is unity. Unity in the work itself depends on unity of the artist’s vision.”

- Roy Lichtenstein

Bob Kessel’s art series “RECONSTRUCTING ROY” is based on the works of Roy Lichtenstein. This picture and many others, can be purchased as signed and numbered limited edition original fine art prints.

Contact Bob Kessel for prices and availability.


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