Jasper Johns is a distinguished American sculptor, printmaker associated with Abstract expressionism and painter. After the marriage of his parents failed, he spent his early days in South Carolina with his paternal grandparents. He is renowned for his painting ‘Flag’. He had a dream of the American flag and that is when he made this painting. His work is opposite of pop art and described ‘Neo-Dadist’. His thoughts and subject matters include objects from popular culture and images. The artistic use of classical iconography by Johns has also made his works to be included in pop art and he is also at times considered as a pop artist. Following is a list of some popular quotes and sayings by the accomplished painter which have been extracted from his works, thoughts and life. Zoom through the quotes and thoughts by Jasper Johns that reveal his artistic bent of mind.
At first I had some idea that the absence of color made the work more physical. Early on I was very involved with the notion of the painting as an object and tended to attack that idea from different directions.
In the place where I was a child, there were no artists and there was no art, so I really didn't know what that meant. I think I thought it meant that I would be in a situation different than the one that I was in.
I think that one wants from a painting a sense of life. The final suggestion, the final statement, has to be not a deliberate statement but a helpless statement. It has to be what you can't avoid saying.
My experience of life is that it's very fragmented; certain kinds of things happen, and in another place, a different kind of thing occurs. I would like my work to have some vivid indication of those differences.
The only logical thing I can think of is that I knew there were such things as artists, and I knew there were none where I lived. So I knew that to be an artist you had to be somewhere else. And I very much wanted to be somewhere else.
There was very little art in my childhood. I was raised in South Carolina; I wasn't aware of any art in South Carolina. There was a minor museum in Charleston, which had nothing of interest in it. It showed local artists, paintings of birds.
Sometime during the mid-50s I said, 'I am an artist.' Before that, for many years, I had said, 'I'm going to be an artist.' Then I went through a change of mind and a change of heart. What made 'going to be an artist' into 'being an artist', was, in part, a spiritual change.
This image of wanting to be an artist - that I would in some way become an artist -was very strong. I knew for a long, long time that that's what I would be. But nothing I ever did seemed to bring me any nearer to the condition of being an artist. And I didn't know how to do it.