I’ve been a big fan of Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art since late high school, and I especially like some of his pieces that conceptually, and often humorously, examine mechanical reproduction. A signature element of Lichtenstein’s art is conspicuous halftone dots. Halftone dots are a very commonly used way of creating a sense of grey tones when printing only with black ink by varying the density of the dots. Warhol used halftones in his screen prints, but in a less stylized and exaggerated way than Lichtenstein’s approach, placing them front and center as a stylistic signature of his art. When I’d been making my Andre stickers for five years back in 1994, I decided to do a series of Pop Art tributes to celebrate the five-year anniversary. One of them was an homage to Lichtenstein’s “Magnifying Glass.” I only did the original version as a limited run of 60 t-shirts which explains the “Oil silkscreen on cotton. Private collection” museum label style text below the image. I recently decided that a new iteration with a different composition and using the icon face would be nice as a letterpress. Check out the last images in the carousel to see some of the history of the image.
Shepard Fairey - OBEY MAGNIFYING GLASS (Red) - 2021 SOLD OUT
Shepard Fairey - OBEY MAGNIFYING GLASS (Cream) - 2021 SOLD OUT
These Shepard Fairey editions are available individually and as a set and will be available Tuesday, August 3rd at 10 AM (PDT) from OBEY Store.