On Saturday 16th March I was lucky enough to see one of my heroes collection of paintings. Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) had 12 rooms (yes 12 rooms!) worth of work displayed in the Tate Modern. All his most famous pieces of work are on display until April, and some lesser know pieces of work too.
I cannot put into words how incredible it was to see his classic paintings up close, the sheer scale and precision is breathtaking. When looking at his comic book style you can’t help but question each of his decisions – what made him choose that colour palette? Why go for pattern on that section? It’s fascinating and it just works.
Lichtenstein was a favourite of mine when I studied art back in the day and after attempting to replicate his style I have nothing but admiration for his work. I’m half thinking about dedicating a whole room in my house to him, with cushion covers, prints and mugs all available from the Tate Modern Shop.
Without a doubt his War and Romance collection are the pieces I’ve known and loved for a long time, but I was also surprised at how much I enjoyed his landscapes and seascapes. If you stumble across this blog, then go, go, go – book tickets in advance!