Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997) was an American pop artist.
The conversation between Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) and Melinda Camber Porter (1953- 2008) took place on December 18, 1983, when Roy Lichtenstein’s Greene Street Mural drew crowds to Leo Castelli’s landmark SoHo Greene Street Gallery in downtown New York. Roy Lichtenstein describes to Melinda Camber Porter the many influences on his art from the Renaissance painters to Japanese art in terms of his brush strokes, perspective, and styles.
"I know, in advance, the appearance the brush stroke will create, so that they appear spontaneous but are in fact as restrained as any other style. Nobody just throws paint; it's got some purpose. You're directing it and it may look spontaneous because you're making single uncorrected brush strokes. But I do it with the knowledge that I'm going to be able to adjust it and change it or remove it or paint over it. These painterly brush strokes are both spontaneous and directed. That's not exactly the right word. Controlled, I guess is better." - Roy Lichtenstein