6 x 8"
oil on panel
A new addition to my series ArtistZ - a young man looking closely at Jasper Johns' 'Flag' in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City.
Interesting is this painting is in the top five most-iconic paintings and the subject is, by far, one of the most iconic symbols in the world. What I love about this piece is the method that Jasper Johns used to create this - called encaustic, a combination of bees wax and pigment, oil paint and newsprint collage on three canvases then mounted on a plywood board. Look closely and you'll see his selection of newsprint was not random - Johns did not include national or political headlines but in consequential articles. He created this painting at the age of 24 in 1954, a couple of years after he was discharged from the Army. He later created over 40 works based on the US flag.
It is one of those works of art that you should experience if you have the chance.