Jasper Johns ( born in 1930, Georgia, USA) lived the first years of his life in the south. However he left the south when he was 19, settling in New York in order to follow his childhood dream of becoming an artist. His breaktrough came in 1958, with his first solo exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York.
Jasper johns often took his subjects, in his paintings, from things that are famililar to everyone, but for that reason are barely noticed. His pictures of letters, numbers, targets, and flags introduced a new kind of subject matter and clear, simple imagery into art. His work paved the way not only for Pop Art, but also for Minimalism.
Jasper Johns, Three flags, 1958, encaustic on canvas
Jasper johns, Target with plaster Casts, 1955, encaustic and collage on canvas with objects
Jasper Johns, Fool’s House, 1962, oil on canvas