James Rosenquist, a Bedford homeowner whose painted montages of commercial imagery helped define pop art, died Friday in New York City at age 83 after a long illness.
Rosenquist worked as a billboard painter in the late 1950s before using those sign-painting techniques to the large-scale paintings he became known for in the 1960s, along with fellow legends Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
Rosenquist, a North Dakota native who studied at the University of Minnesota, shared a lower Manhattan studio with Agnes Martin and Ellsworth Kelly and mixed with other artists of the next generation, including Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg.
The son of parents of Swedish descent, Rosenquist is survived by his second wife, Mimi Thompson; son John, from his first marriage, daughter Lily, from his second marriage, and grandson Oscar.
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