Born in 1933 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, James Rosenquist
studied art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as a teenager and
at the University of Minnesota between 1952 and 1954, painting
billboards during the summers. In 1955, he moved to New York to
study at the Art Students League. He left the school after one
year, and in 1957 returned to life as a commercial artist, painting
billboards in Times Square and across the city. By 1960, he had
quit painting billboards and rented a small studio space in
Manhattan where his neighbors included artists Robert Indiana,
Ellsworth Kelly, and Jack Youngerman. In 1962, he had his first solo
exhibition at the Green Gallery in New York, and afterward was
included in a number of groundbreaking group exhibitions that
established Pop art as a movement.
Rosenquist achieved international acclaim with his room-scale painting, F-111 (1965). In
addition to painting, he has produced a vast array of prints, drawings, and collages; his
print Time Dust (1992) is thought to be the largest print in the world, measuring seven by 35
feet. The artist has received numerous honors; he was selected as the Art in America
Young Talent Painter in 1963, appointed to a six-year term on the Board of the National
Council on the Arts in 1978, and nominated as a member of the American Academy and
Institute of Arts and Letters in 1987.
Since his first early career retrospectives in 1972 organized by the Whitney Museum of
American Art and the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, he has been the subject of
gallery and museum exhibitions in the U.S. and internationally.