Roy Lichtenstein | Aloha | 1962
Oil on canvas, 68 x 68 in. (172.7 x 172.7 cm).
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
Like the piece Head with Blue Shadow, Aloha is another of Lichtenstein's early comic strip-inspired canvases, incorporating Ben-day dots and primary colors that again mimic the print media. Imitating the hyper-sexualized images of pin-up girls popular in the 1960s, the piece emphasizes the two-dimensionality of the figure and her sexual appeal despite her obvious superficiality. Through these formal aspects, Lichtenstein seems to comment on the rampant consumerism of the leisure industry as it pervaded life in the early 1960s.