JAMES ROSENQUIST "DRAWING #10 - HEART TIME FLOWERS"
James Rosenquist (b. 1933) is one of the most important contributors to American Pop Art.
Shortly after moving to New York City in the fifties (to study fine art) Rosenquist became a commercial painter focused on advertising billboards.
For nearly three years he was devoted to painting advertising - which would be both the training and inspiration for his aesthetic and technique. In the early 1960's he began exhibiting paintings that resembled collages of elements from American advertising of the era.
In the 1970's Rosenquist embraced the "nail" as a motif - he rendered in it groups, in candy color and various arrangements in several different medium. While Rosenquist tackled many diverse figurative subjects in his oeuvre the nail is the one element he repeatedly returns to becoming an unofficial icon of his work.
This work on paper is paradigm of one of his "nail" works. To see more examples of how Rosenquist explored this image we recommend visiting MoMA's site to see other works in their permanent collection.
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"Drawing #10 For Heart Time Flowers"
Signed, titled and dated 1980 by the artist.
Watercolor, acrylic and graphite on paper
19.5"H 27.5"W (work)
30"H 38"W (framed)