by Aerotine MacWhinnie
by Arianna Crawford
"Pop" is short for popular. Artists who work in this style use common everyday objects to portray elements of popular culture, primarily images in advertising and television.
The first Pop artists were attempting to get art back into American daily life, and rejected abstract painting because of its sophisticated and elite nature. Pop Art shattered the divide between the commercial arts and the fine arts. Often subjects were derived from advertising and product packaging, celebrities, and comic strips. The images are presented with a combination of humor, criticism and irony. In doing this, the movement put art into terms of everyday, contemporary life. It also helped to decrease the gap between "high art" and "low art" and eliminated the distinction between fine art and commercial art methods. (Art History Database).
These marker drawings were inspired by the paintings of Roy Lichtenstein, who did cartoon inspired paintings that helped launch the Pop Art movement. Ben-Day dots were considered the hallmark of Lichtenstein, who enlarged and exaggerated them in many of his paintings and sculptures.