Seeking unique memorabilia and valuable metals since 1996, Treasure Hunters Roadshow (THR), one of the premier dealers of gold, silver, militaria, guitars and fine arts in the entire world, has trekked all across North America and even Europe. Amongst this crew, however, is a focused team of art professionals who travel alongside their THR counterparts to almost 100 shows a week in an effort to track down the lost and forgotten works of America’s best artists.
In recent years, the “pop art” culture, guided by trendsetter Roy Lichtenstein, has shown an improvement in popularity with collectors though common landscape pieces by artists such as Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran retain their significant appeal.
These pieces are carefully examined by the specialists, and if they deem them to be of value and authentic, they will make an offer to purchase them on the spot. The THR art aficionados are thrilled to come across American artwork to show the audience as the Treasure Hunters Roadshow Tv show starts another enjoyable season.
Numerous art collectors are ready to shell out significant amounts of money in order to finish their compilations, and the Treasure Hunters Roadshow professionals have found that Roy Lichtenstein’s artwork made in the 1960s is in high demand and fetching high selling prices. Lichtenstein became well-known for his works that were inspired by graphic novels and ads, revealing a whimsical humor and pop culture satire that seemed to define the pop art movement.
Born into an upper middle-class New York City family, Lichtenstein’s childhood education did not involve any art programs. As an alternative, he toyed with design and style and painting as a hobby. As a kid, he would frequent jazz concerts at the Appollo Theatre and sketch portraits of the artists. He went on to earn his Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University following a tour of duty through WWII.
It was at this time that he began experimenting with expressionism and cubism and would later be a part of the abstract expressionism school, even though he did so much later than other artists. Right after a dare from his son, who claimed, “Hey, dad, bet you can’t paint as good as this,” and displayed a Mickey Mouse comic book, Lichtenstein completed his first work entitled “Look Mickey” in 1961. This first work was so coveted that each piece was purchased by investors before his exhibit opened at the Castelli gallery in 1962.
Several art reviewers, nevertheless, started to criticize Lichtenstein’s inventiveness because of his use of topics from other kinds of pop culture. He was most identified for his artwork of popular comic book panels, but by 1965 had moved on to other subject matter. Discouraged by his patronizing take on comic book art, noted comic book artist Art Spiegelman commented that “Lichtenstein did no more or less for comics than Andy Warhol did for soup.”
Responding to his critics, in the late 1970s Lichtenstein started to use a more bizarre style in his artwork with plastic and metal sculptures and several hundred screen-printed items. It is rumored that quite a few of his works are even now in the possession of unidentified collectors, though, in 1996, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. was on record as possessing the largest assortment of Roy Lichtenstein pieces.
Do you believe you could have some contempory art that is worth something? Go to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow events web page to find out when the fine arts gurus will be in your region to examine and perhaps acquire your collection. You never know – what may look like a silly comic book print to you could end up being a Roy Lichtenstein original worth a small fortune!