JONES Jasper (Johns Jasper)( American painter, sculptor and engraver, the most prominent representative of the pop-art.)
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Jasper Johns was born on May 15, 1930 in the town Allendeyl (pc. South Carolina). For a time he studied painting at the University of South Carolina, and then, after two years of military service, he settled in New York. Here, Jones became acquainted with artist Robert Rauschenberg, which took the best ideas in contemporary art. He learned as many of the ideas of Marcel Duchamp, Bicycle Wheel Readymade Duchamp and others have become a source of inspiration for a series of objects, cast in bronze, which Jones had created in the late 1950's - early 1960. Perhaps the most significant works by Jasper Johns can be called a series of his early paintings, created during the second half of 1950. The American flag is depicted not proud soaring in the wind, and stretched on a plane, it eliminates the patriotic sense of the picture and turns the flag in the logo, like a book reproduction. The plot - such as painting target - is identical to the plane of the canvas. These works exist as independent and self-contained objects.
The interpretation of painting as an object naturally led the artist to compare these objects with painted on canvas, and then to the creation of sculpture. Sculptures Jasper Johns are cast in bronze everyday objects, such as a flashlight, light bulb or a toothbrush. One of the most famous works of Jasper Johns - two bronze Banks of beer.