James Rosenquist

James Rosenquist
James Rosenquist
  • Born: November 29, 1933
  • Died: March 31, 2017
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Artist









James Rosenquist 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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As a person gets older, time gets more interesting. As a kid, you waste so much of it. Time
Believe it or not, there were very few books on art, years ago. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Certainly I have made comments on American society with the various pictures and have done about nine antiwar paintings. But I did them because I was incorporating my feelings into my work. Society ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I am getting old, so I really don't like clocks.
I am not in yesterday; I am not in tomorrow. I am right now.
I can handle ups and downs.
I decided to make pictures of fragments, images that would spill off the canvas instead of recede into it like a medicine cabinet. I wanted to find images that were in a 'nether-nether-land': things that were a little out of style but hadn't reached the point of nostalgia.
I don't do anecdotes. I accumulate experiences.
I feel lucky that I've been able to make a living from painting any idea that comes into my head.
I hate getting old, but I'm sticking with it!
I hitchhiked to Miami in 1953, and there were oranges laying on the road, black shantytowns, and marinas with nice boats. The museums were virtually empty.
I learned a lot of painting tricks painting outside.
I painted billboards above every candy store in Brooklyn.
I painted the Astor-Victoria sign seven times, and it's 395 feet wide and 58 feet high. I dropped a gallon of purple paint on Seventh Avenue and 47th Street from 15 stories up and didn't kill anybody. I dropped a brush at Columbus Circle. It fell on a guy's camel-hair coat.
I started billboard painting in Minneapolis, and I went to General Outdoor Advertising, and I said, 'I could do that.' They said, 'Oh yeah... we can always use a good man around here.'
I stick the collages on the wall and, if I still like them after a month or two, I make a painting.
I think of my actions every day: what seems to be important and what isn't.
I travel a lot. Travel
I used to know Madison Avenue advertisers. I didn't like 'em. Bunch of jerks.
I was on a panel with Marshall McLuhan in Canada. Someone says, 'Mr. McLuhan, I read your book, and I disagree with you.' And he says, 'Oh, you read my book? Then you only know half the story.'
I went to the University of Minnesota, and I met this amazing artist named Cameron Boothe there who was in World War I, who studied with Hans Hoffman in Munich. War & Peace
If a person is insane or troubled, you first have to get the person to admit that they have a problem before you can solve anything.
I'm interested in contemporary vision - the flicker of chrome, reflections, rapid associations, quick flashes of light. Bing! Bang!
I'm the one who gave steroids to Pop art. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
It's amazing how you meet people through other people. I knew a racecar driver, Stefan Johansson, who was very hot. He introduced me to Jean Todt. He introduced me to a French doctor. He introduced me to a French architect who redid the Louvre with I.M. Pei. He introduced me to Daniel Boulud.
Many of my old friends are gone now. I have a hard time dealing with the fact that they're just not there to talk to. I can't call them up for a rabbit-skin glue recipe anymore. Time
Many young artists, they look at the art world and think they can make a lot of money. Money, Coins & Minting ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Nothing weighs on me. I don't feel any weight.
People can remember their childhood, but events from four or five years ago are in a never-never land.
Popular culture isn't a freeze-frame; it is images zapping by in rapid-fire succession, which is why collage is such an effective way of representing contemporary life. The blur between images creates a kind of motion in the mind. Life
Scientists say, 'There is no such thing as time; gravity is a dust from another universe, and outside our own universe are many, many universes in all directions.' They speculate that attached to these universes are probably 6,000 planets identical to Earth. So are there things living out there? Animals, people, anything? Time
The automobile crash was... devastating in ways that I still cannot really bear to think about... It took me many years to recover. In some ways, I never have.
The best thing about being an artist is the free clothing and getting to kiss pretty girls.
The image is not important.
The only thing the Pop Artists had in common is that we all had been commercial artists in some manner. Lichtenstein was a draftsman; I was a billboard painter, but we didn't work together. I didn't meet Andy Warhol until 1964. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The very, very beginning is that my mother and father were aviators.
There was one reviewer from the 'New York Times,' I forget his name, who said I was 'death warmed over.' I wrote him back that I knew more about death than he did. The 'Times' fired him, put him in the cooking department! Death
Warhol was questioning the capitalist society. Society
We may seem insignificantly small, but we exist. So I remain optimistic.
When I got my first loft, I still didn't know what I was going to paint... There were long stretches when I just sat there and thought without interruption.
When I started out, I wanted to paint the Sistine Chapel. But I didn't have the content.
When things become peculiar, frustrating and strange, I think it's a good time to start painting. Time
You live till you die, and that's the end of it. What good is your legacy when you are dead? I worry about being alive, selling work, having fun, moving and doing things when I am alive. Work, Workers & The Labor Force

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