Throop has created mainly oil paintings and researched the residency of Professor Lichtenstein at Oswego State Teachers College from 1957 to 1960. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, October 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.
This is a creative local art history project to add color and pride to the region. Throop has completed 34 original paintings inspired by a mid 20th century Oswego that Lichtenstein might have experienced — thoughts on a lakeside walk, sights while driving throughout the town and countryside, or taking the family out for a movie downtown. Park Hall and Splinter Village is where he would have taught classes in the late 1950s.
Throop has conducted ample research and compiled his illustrations, articles, and essays in a book specifically for this exhibition.
All profits from sales will be donated to a one time scholarship for an Oswego High School student enrolled at SUNY Oswego in the Fall of 2020 for studio art or art history.
While teaching at the college, Lichtenstein changed his style of painting from figurative to abstract, sometimes applying broad swaths of color onto the canvas, wrapping a rag around his arm, and dragging it to get the desired results. He was also sketching comics during this time, foreshadowing his revolutionary Pop style, for which he is famously known.
Throop usually paints with acrylics on any substrate he feels most suitable. For this body of work, however, he chose to work in oil, mirroring Lichtenstein's chosen medium. Throop believed this would make him feel how Lichtenstein must have felt between artistic realizations. That is, to say the least, uneasy.
Throop has been a full time practicing painter and writer for over 20 years, and has exhibited for 11 years. He has written and self-published 16 books with subjects on art, society, culture, politics and self-liberation. He is an advocate of the art movement Stuckism and since 2016, has curated three international Stuckist exhibitions, and two international solo shows, as well as several of his own.