James Rosenquist (1939-2017)
One of the pioneers of American pop art who died in early 2017, known for incorporating advertising images into psychedelic compositions. His name sits alongside the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg in American pop art history. Having studied art on a scholarship, he spent the early years of his career painting commercial billboards and designing shop fronts, the influence of which can be clearly seen his work. He has enjoyed solo exhibitions at some of America’s best known art museums including the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art.