I found these roman numerals reminiscent of the artwork
of Jasper Johns. Various incarnations of the numerals
encompass a large volume of his work, from paintings
and drawings, to lithographs and etchings.
Although not strictly a "pop artist," his work often employs
imagery from popular culture, so he is very often included
among the artists from that movement. Johns conceived
of his most famous painting, Flag, after having
a dream about the American flag. As a student, I became
enamored of his drawings of numbers and spent
a great deal of time poring over images
in art history books.
|Flag, encaustic, oil and collage on fabric mounted|
on plywood, 1954- 1955
Jasper Johns enjoys taking familiar objects, such as the flag
and numbers, and using them to explore how viewers' perceptions
of them changed as his use of various media converted
them into objects of great beauty and finesse.
|Ten Numbers (Detail), 1960- 1971. Lithograph|