POP! Roy Lichtenstein - Artist's Studio no. 1 (Look Mickey)
Goes the Studio

ARTWORK OF THE MONTH - November 1997





ARTIST'S STUDIO NO. 1 (LOOK MICKEY), BY POP ARTIST ROY LICHTENSTEIN, BORROWS FROM THE STYLES AND TECHNIQUES FOUND IN COMICS AND ADVERTISEMENTS. HE STARTED MAKING PICTURES THIS WAY EARLY IN HIS CAREER, WHEN HIS CHILDREN ASKED HIM TO DRAW THE POPULAR DISNEY CHARACTERS MICKEY MOUSE AND DONALD DUCK.

LICHTENSTEIN LIKES CARTOONS BECAUSE OF THEIR PRIMARY COLORS, BOLD LINES, AND PATTERNS. HE PAINTS ENLARGED DOTS, WHICH ARE THE BASIC PATTERN OF CIRCLES PRINTERS USE TO MAKE THE IMAGES YOU SEE IN COMICS, NEWSPAPERS, AND MAGAZINES. THIS PAINTING SHOWS US A VIEW INSIDE LICHTENSTEIN'S STUDIO, WHERE THE ARTWORKS HANGING ON THE WALL LOOK LIKE HIS OWN PAINTINGS AND THOSE OF OTHER CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS.





How does Lichtenstein use dots in this painting?


How many different patterns can you find?


If you were to make an artwork about a special room in your house, what objects would you include?


ROY LICHTENSTEIN
ARTIST'S STUDIO NO. 1 (LOOK MICKEY) 1973
oil, acrylic on canvas
Collection Walker Art Center

Gift of Judy and Kenneth Dayton and the T.B. Walker Foundation, 1981