John Roy was an American painter and professor who was noted for his work in pointillism and photorealism. Inspired by Monet and contemporary artist Chuck Close, Roy’s innovative paintings relied on meticulously placing small, distinct dots of pure color onto canvas into pixelated patterns, which formed beautiful whole images. Over the course of his career, Roy’s paintings were included in prestigious galleries and collections around the country, including the Museum of Modern Art. He received his BFA and MFA from Yale University and taught for 30 years at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Roy continued to paint until his death in 2001.