Artist
James Rosenquist
American artist

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James Rosenquist
American artist
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1933

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“To be creative is to be accepting, but it’s also to be harsh on one’s self. You just don’t paint colors for the silliness of it all.” --  James Rosenquist

But of course, you must paint cars and women for the silliness of it all! At least James does.

A pioneer of the Pop Art movement, James asked the art world with his outlandish subjects, “Why so serious?”  And that’s what Pop Art was all about: using images from advertising (think Coca-Cola ads) and popular culture (think Kim Kardashian) in fine art to ruffle a few feathers.

Ever the contrarian, Rosenquist denies being a part of Pop, since he didn’t know the other big players, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, until he was already famous. Whatever. 

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James Rosenquist (November 29, 1933 – March 31, 2017) was an American artist and one of the protagonists in the pop art movement. Drawing from his background working in sign painting, Rosenquist's pieces often explored the role of advertising and consumer culture in art and society, utilizing techniques he learned making commercial art to depict popular cultural icons and mundane everyday objects. While his works have often been compared to those from other key figures of the pop art movement, such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Rosenquist's pieces were unique in the way that they often employed elements of surrealism using fragments of advertisements and cultural imagery to emphasize the overwhelming nature of ads. He was a 2001 inductee into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.

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