Jasper Johns, ‘Recent Still Life (Light Bulb)’, 1968, ArtWise

JASPER JOHNS-Recent Still Life. Lithograph, 1965-66. Printed by ULAE, West Islip, with the blind stamp lower left. A superb impression. Field 50. Johns' imagery derives from, as he put it, "things the mind already knows," leading to the use of wholly familiar icons in his work such as flags, targets, light bulbs and the like. Throughout his career, Johns included certain marks and shapes in his art that had very clear basis in actual, tangible items in the world rather than imagined items.

About Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns's ongoing stylistic and technical experimentation place him at the forefront of American art. His richly textured paintings of maps, flags, numbers, and targets laid the groundwork for Pop art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. In New York in the 1950s, Johns was part of a community of artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, seeking an alternative to the emotional nature of Abstract Expressionism. Influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Johns's early work paired the concerns of craft with familiar concrete imagery. His interest in process also led to innovations in lithography, screen-printing, etching and woodblock, using such materials as pencil, pen, brush, crayon, wax, and plaster to constantly challenge the technical possibilities of printmaking.

American, b. 1930, Augusta, Georgia, based in New York, New York