James Rosenquist got his start as a billboard painter in the late 1950s. His transition into the world of Pop Art was inspired by the advertising imagery that he worked with on a daily basis. His collage-like painting style juxtaposed varied and appropriated imagery in purposeful ways.
Contemporary artist, Jeff Koons, uses some similar stylistic choices to present his ideas. His imagery is also appropriated and is collaged digitally before being enlarged dramatically and replicated in photorealistic detail by a crew of painters. This new take on Pop Art is known as Neo-Pop.
Art II students were introduced to both artists - and many others - and were charged with creating a painting that was:
1. Based on a well-composed collage of appropriated and juxtaposed imagery
2. Informed by historical/social content
3. Inclusive of photorealistic and other painting styles
4. Supported by an artist statement, which summarizes their intent and aids the viewer’s understanding of their work