A primary portrait of one of Music’s biggest gifts, John Lennon. The overall portrait references 9 pop culture saints, political care bears, spacemen, and the design is a homage to Pop artist John Rosenquist.
Although googling saint yields 1000’s of examples of “saint data” and I believe that their no longer exists a hierarchy in the idea, definition or example of a “saint”, I do believe that there is a universal familiarity in a variety of “Saint” icons. The 9 Saints referenced in the piece include: Saint Nicholas, The New Orleans Saints, Saint, Bernard, Marylin Manson’s song Saint, Mt. Saint Helens, Saint Francis, Saint, Lucia, Yves Saint Laurent, and Saint Saiya.
John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history. Born in Liverpool, Lennon became involved in the skiffle craze as a teenager. In 1956, he formed his first band, the Quarrymen, which evolved into the Beatles in 1960. He was initially the group's de facto leader, a role gradually ceded to McCartney. Lennon was characterized for the rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews. He was shot and killed in the archway of his Manhattan apartment building by a Beatles fan, Mark David Chapman, three weeks after the album's release. Lennon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of the Beatles in 1988 and as a solo artist in 1994.
James Rosenquist (November 29, 1933 – March 31, 2017) was an American artist and one of the proponents of the pop art movement. Drawing from his background working in sign painting, Rosenquist's pieces often explored the role of advertising and consumer culture in art and society, utilizing techniques he learned making commercial art to depict popular cultural icons and mundane everyday objects. While his works have often been compared to those from other key figures of the pop art movement, such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Rosenquist's pieces were unique in the way that they often employed elements of surrealism using fragments of advertisements and cultural imagery to emphasize the overwhelming nature of ads. He was a 2001 inductee into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
The synthesis of this Pop Data creates a portrait of a new Icon: SAINT. JOHN. ROSENQUIST.
34 x 34 inch GLASS: The glass can be mounted to the wall via 4 one-inch standoffs (included). Negative or white space is transparent. Light reflects multiple translucent shadows onto the wall creating a 3d optical illusion and giving the pieces a sculptural feel.