Sun Li, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 74.3 x 48 in. (188.6 x 121.9 cm.), 2005. Courtesy Acquavella Galleries. Painted at Aripeka, FL
The west Florida home of world renowned artist James Rosenquist has been lost to a wild brush fire. The fire also claimed two of Rosenquist’s Florida studios-- which contained recent artwork that was destined for an art show in New York City. Rosenquist, 75, has stated that he was “totally wiped out”. I’ve been told that Rosenquist evacuated safely and that he watched his home and studios burn from a boat near his property. Apparently the 80 acre fire has since been contained. No one was injured in the blaze.
Most of the media reports of the incident describe James Rosenquist as a famous Pop artist. However, when I interviewed Rosenquist in 2008 he offered some thoughts on that. He stated, “They called me a Pop artist because I used recognizable imagery. The critics like to group people together. I didn't meet Andy Warhol until 1964. I did not really know Andy or Roy Lichtenstein that well. We all emerged separately.”.
Links of Interest:
James Rosenquist: Painting is done with a paintbrush -- Myartspace Blog www.myartspace.com/blog/2009/01/james-rosenquist-painting-is-done-with.html
Interview with James Rosenquist -- Myartspace Blog
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