The most discussed art movement that emerged in Great Britain in early 1950s and developed in United States in the late 50s is the “Pop art” style. This was a movement which took up dramatic styles combined with traditional art to bring out rudiments of modern art. The paintings were based on mass culture like advertising, comic strips, celebrities, consumer products and even cartoon characters like Popeye and Mickey.
Pop art styles by American artists Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol received more controversy than appreciations. Though there are other artists like Rivers and Rausch, Warhol’s and Lichtenstein’s art style are more popular. They reproduced art in a bold and forceful manner and carried on that artistic style to common life style of the masses.
However, both had unique ways of representation of art form. While Lichtenstein’s style was influenced by cartoon images like the one used in “Look Mickey”, Warhol’s focused on celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor and commercial consumption products like Campbell soup and Coco cola.
Though Lichtenstein derived his subject from comic strips and popular advertisements, they were expressive and produced a significant variation from other pop artists. Lichtenstein worked mainly with paints on canvas. He had developed a complicated step by step process with the unique Ben- Day Dots and a unique layering style in his paintings which had the appearance of commercial screen prints. The paintings had hard edged figures, bold colors, thick lines, bubbles and captions. This style is one strong theme of pop art that distinguishes it from other pop art styles.
Warhol’s paintings were popular for his silk screen prints that reproduce the subject and paint them differently with bright colors. Even today, Warhol’s paintings are recognized for the variation of the same subject in bold colors.
Lichtenstein produced art with a soft and humorous touch whereas Warhol’s represents cold irony and lack of love. His pictures projected death, accidents and their strong emotions.
Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol’s inspired style has emerged as one of the most popular pop art style in modern day photography. This style is humorous, colorful and creates a happy environment.