Tom Wesselmann U.S.A, 1931-2004
"The challenge for an artist is always to find your own way of doing something" - Tom Wesselmann
Tom Wesselmann was one of the leading American Pop artists of the 1960s, rejecting the emotive style of Abstract Expressionism in favor of iconic representations of nudes, still lifes, and landscapes. He constructed collages and assemblages combining commonplace objects and advertising ephemera in order to create images as powerful as the Abstract Expressionism he admired while using recognizable, figurative imagery. His breakout 1961 series The Great American Nude, which he painted using only colors associated with American patriotism such as red, white, blue, gold, and khaki, brought him significant acclaim and cemented his signature style.