Friday, June 16, 2000

Pig Parade: Roy Lichtenswine

Artist pays tribute to Pop guru

By Owen Findsen
The Cincinnati Enquirer

(Gary Landers photo)
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        This is the 48th in the series spotlighting a pig from the Big Pig Gig Public Art Project taking place in Cincinnati, Covington and Newport. Past pig profiles and event details can be found at

        Artist: Kevin Kelly, 39, of Ludlow, is a painter who exhibits at the Bruce R. Lewin Gallery in New York. For six years, he worked as studio assistant for famed Pop artist Tom Wesselmann. His work is featured on the cover of the book New American Painting. He teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

        Sponsor: Cincinnati Art Museum Volunteers.

        This pig's pen: Cincinnati Art Museum.

        You were inspired by: Pop art, of course. I'm sort of a Post-Modern Pop artist, using much the same techniques as the original Pop artists but with a lot of social commentary.

        You want people to look at this pig and think: It's a kind of a tribute to one of the greatest, the late Roy Lichtenstein.

        Completing the project took: Five days.

        Swine over matter: I used Golden Artist Acrylics, the same paint I use on my canvases.

        Your high on the hog was: I was a sculpture major when I went to the Art Academy, and now I'm getting back to doing three dimensional work. This was an opportunity to get my feet wet by doing painted sculpture.

        My favorite pork dish: My studio assistant makes a great pork tenderloin on the grill.

        What artistic movement most affected the outcome of this pig? Pop. Roy Lichtenstein.

        Do you consider this art or porkography? All the pigs I've seen are terrific.


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