A holiday in Cyprus in 1974 inspired Roy to produce a series of small circular and square board paintings which were the beginning of the iconographic style that became the main hallmark of his later works. These images emerged after visiting historic Greek Cypriot sites and later, from trips to other historic sites such as St Mary’s Church in Bury St Edmunds. These works became the focus of a one man show at the House Gallery, London in 1977.
Between 1960 and 1973 Roy explored the human form with a series of striking canvases. One of these, ‘Reclining Woman’ (oil on canvas, 1962) is in the collection of the Arts Council of Great Britain. He also produced a body of mainly abstract work.