"If you are close to it, a big painting is just a feeling around you, that’s all." - James Rosenquist
Happy Birthday to James Rosenquist, who celebrates his 80th Birthday today!
Rosenquist is notorious for being the most openly political artist associated with the Pop Art movement. His fragmented imagery drew from many commercial, social, and political sources, often with sharply political implications.
During the Vietnam War, Rosenquist became more openly critical of the American military-industrial complex. This resulted in such controversial works as F-111 Bomber, which fuses images of the “American Dream” with darker suggestions of nuclear war, missiles, and the emblematic US fighter-bomber.
From his early days as a billboard painter to his recent masterful use of abstract painting techniques, Rosenquist continues to dazzle audiences and influence younger generations of artists.