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Roy Lichtenstein takes centre stage at our design agency

Wall art that gives us inspiration

He may never have visited Devon, but you may know Roy Lichtenstein from his best-known work “Whaam!” which he painted in 1963. He was inspired by a comic book panel from DC Comics’ All-American Men of War, an issue in 1962. This work is one of the best-known works of pop-art, and among Lichtenstein’s most important paintings.

We have three copies of his later works in 1964 named “As I Opened Fire…” which follow in the same style and same subject as “Whaam!”. “As I Opened Fire…” is a set of three panels which were regarded as Lichtenstein’s most ambitious project – characterising just a few seconds during an aircraft battle scene. We see closer views of the guns in action accompanied by onomatopoeia which give the images a sound.

Compared with “Whaam!”, “As I Opened Fire…” is much more abstract. Lichtenstein’s adjustments from his original source change the perspective of the images, so that they seem to flow like a series of movie clips.

The narrative of the first image seems unrelated to its graphics and the other images are equally confusing. It is not clear which frames represent an enemy or a friend, or whether the speaker is the enemy, a friend or the viewer. “As I Opened Fire..” is a much more abstract piece of pop-art allowing the viewer to ‘paint’ their own images in their minds as to what is actually going on in the frames.

We love these framed prints, which originate from the Rijksmuseum in Holland, that take centre place in our meeting room in Tiverton, Devon. They show our clients that we care for the creatives, and their imaginative minds. The posters are bright, colourful, abstract and all the things we love about being a graphic design agency. The posters give a lot of our clients something to ‘break the ice’ as it were when they come to our Devon offices, and what a great place to start talking about a creative brief!

Emma Fowle: Emma graduated with a degree in design and came to Oxygen straight from college in 2012. She is experienced in design for print and web.