James Rosenquist (American)
Born: 1933, Grand Forks, ND
Died: March 31, 2017, New York City, NY
James Rosenquist is one of the uniquely impressive exponents in the POP art movement. Moving to New York after art school, Rosenquist worked as a sign painter for several years. In his personal artmaking he naturally gravitated toward interpretation of the bold, eye-catching American symbols of the late 1950’s. He takes fragmented, commercially iconic images, and combines, overlaps, and paints them on canvases to create visual stories. This can leave some viewers breathless yet others confused, making them consider even the most familiar objects in more abstract and provocative ways.
In addition to painting, Rosenquist has produced a vast array of prints, drawings and collages. One of his prints, Time Dust (1992), is one of the largest prints in the world, measuring approximately 7 x 35 feet. James Rosenquist paintings and prints are exhibited and collected by museums, individuals and corporations around the world. In 2016 alone he was honored with four solo museum exhibitions and was included in more than a half dozen group exhibitions.