JAMES ROSENQUIST "FLOWER GARDEN" LITHO, 1972
James Rosenquist (b. 1933) is one of the most important contributors to American Pop Art.
Shortly after moving to New York City in the 1950's (to study fine art) Rosenquist became a commercial painter working on advertising billboards.
For nearly three years he worked non-stop as a commercial painter - which would be both the technical training and inspiration for his aesthetic as an artist.
In the early 1960's he began exhibiting paintings that resembled collages, although all painted by hand, of random elements from American advertising of the era.
In "Flower Garden" Rosenquist effectively uses figuration to create an overall composition that suggest something completely different that what the individual elements were created for. Rosenquist cleverly uses hands to mimic flowers.
This work is a paradigm of Rosenquist's aesthetic and technique, yet is understated and realized in a black and white palette with phantom traces of kelly green and rose throughout
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Signed, dated 1972, titled and numbered 32/75 by the artist
Lithograph on Hodgkinson Handmade Oatmeal paper
Published by Petersburg Press, London (UK)
30.5"H 36"W (work)
Very good condition
Note: this work is sold and shipped unframed