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Personal Background Born in Georgia, grew up in South Carolina In Allendale, South Carolina there was no such thing as art or artist “I think I thought it meant I would be in a situation different from the one I was in” Went to college, was soon drafted for army and stationed in Japan After war, returned to college, transferred As a result of moving many different places when he was young, he now draws and paints images that can be seen in many different ways. Nothing is definite
Key Historical Events Johns was drafted into army during Korean war As a result, he has a strong sense of patriotism
The terrorist attack on the world trade center in 2001 also influenced his patriotism, because he knew what it was like to be in the army
Because he was in war, he encourages people to look at life from different points of view. People who were safe during the war viewed it differently from people fighting in it Through his art he encourages people to question it, and the basic shapes that he draws such as numbers and targets.
Influences on the Art World Wanted to draw things that were “seen often but not seen” Draws numbers, letters and targets “makes people question the original shapes” 1955-meets cage, fascinated by lack of boundaries between art and ordinary objects 1959-meets Duchamp, admires objects Large influence on pop art in the 60’s and on Frank Stella and Kenneth Nolan
Stylistic Traits Trait #1: Repetition Trait #2: Bold Colors Trait #3: Representation of every day objects Trait #4: Overlapping objects
Stylistic Traits Example Art Repetition Bold Colors Representation Of everyday objects Three Flags(1958)
Stylistic Traits Example Art Bold Colors Representation of every day objects Target(1968)
Stylistic Traits Example Art Figure 7 (1969) Bold Colors Overlapping Objects Every day Objects
Stylistic Traits My Art Patriotic Figure 8 Bold Colors Every day objects Overlapping objects
Conclusion Japer Johns is and abstract but impressionist artist who draws every day objects that everyone can connect to