Never mind the Great-Big-British-Painting-Bake-Off-X-Factor-Talent-Challenge; Jasper Johns is this week’s #SundayPainter.

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American painter and printmaker, forerunner of Pop art, who uses
commonplace emblematic images such as flags or numbers as the
starting-point for works of great richness and complexity. Born in
Augusta, Georgia, and grew up in South Carolina. Studied at the
University of South Carolina for about 1 1/2 years when he
received his first formal training in art, then moved in 1949 to New
York. Two years military service, part of the time in Japan. From 1952
lived in New York, supporting himself until 1958 mainly by working in a
bookstore. Friendship from the mid 1950s
with Rauschenberg, the dancer Merce Cunningham and John Cage. Made his
first ‘Flag’, ‘Target’ and ‘Number’ paintings
in 1954 and 1955 his first one-man exhibition at the Leo Castelli
Gallery, New York, in 1958 won him immediate recognition. Since
1960 has also made nearly 300 lithographs, etchings, screenprints, and embossed paper and lead reliefs. Director of the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts since 1963 and Artistic Adviser to Merce Cunningham and Dance Company. Lives in New
York.

 

( American painter and printmaker, forerunner of Pop art, who uses
commonplace emblematic images such as flags or numbers as the
starting-point for works of great richness and complexity. Born in
Augusta, Georgia, and grew up in South Carolina. Studied at the
University of South Carolina for about 1 1/2 years when he
received his first formal training in art, then moved in 1949 to New
York. Two years military service, part of the time in Japan. From 1952
lived in New York, supporting himself until 1958 mainly by working in a
bookstore. Friendship from the mid 1950s
with Rauschenberg, the dancer Merce Cunningham and John Cage. Made his
first ‘Flag’, ‘Target’ and ‘Number’ paintings
in 1954 and 1955 his first one-man exhibition at the Leo Castelli
Gallery, New York, in 1958 won him immediate recognition. Since
1960 has also made nearly 300 lithographs, etchings, screenprints, and embossed paper and lead reliefs. Director of the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts since 1963 and Artistic Adviser to Merce Cunningham and Dance Company. Lives in New
York. )