Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Brushstrokes Contest’, 1989, Kings Wood Art

The image was initially designed for use on a poster for the 24th Olympiad, but it was never used for that purpose. The brushstrokes form the Chinese characters for “contest”.

Series: Brushstroke Figures series

Signature: Hand signed rf Lichtenstein, dated (’89) and numbered in pencil, lower right.

Publisher: Published and printed by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York.

The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein, Catalogue Raisonne 1948-1997 Corlett C.235, page 216.

About Roy Lichtenstein

When American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein painted Look Mickey in 1961, it set the tone for his career. This primary-color portrait of the cartoon mouse introduced Lichtenstein’s detached and deadpan style at a time when introspective Abstract Expressionism reigned. Mining material from advertisements, comics, and the everyday, Lichtenstein brought what was then a great taboo—commercial art—into the gallery. He stressed the artificiality of his images by painting them as though they’d come from a commercial press, with the flat, single-color Ben-Day dots of the newspaper meticulously rendered by hand using paint and stencils. Later in his career, Lichtenstein extended his source material to art history, including the work of Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, and experimented with three-dimensional works. Lichtenstein’s use of appropriated imagery has influenced artists such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and Raymond Pettibon.

American, 1923-1997, New York, New York, based in New York and Southampton, New York