James Rosenquist was born in 1933 in America’s Midwest. He originally made a name for himself as an artist associated with the Pop Art movement in New York in the 1960s. This was a style which drew its subject–matter from the everyday: comics, newspapers, television, pulp magazines and advertisements. Rosenquist supported himself as a billboard artist and throughout his career has continued to work on a grand scale and with familiar subject–matter.

From September 1988 to December 1989 and then in 1992, Rosenquist worked with the printer publisher Ken Tyler to produce the large–scale paper–pulp series Welcome to the water planet and the related works of House of Fire and Time Dust.
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