Jasper Johns

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Jasper Johns is an American painter, printmaker and sculptor. Jasper Johns was born in 1930 in Augusta (Georgia) and raised in South Carolina. He worked paintings of flags, alphabets, numbers and maps.

Jasper Johns Quotes


“I don’t know how to organise thoughts. I don’t know how to have thoughts.”
“Most of the power of painting comes through the manipulation of space… but I don’t understand that.”
“Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.”

Gray Numbers


Jasper Johns 1958

The numbers are painted all over within a consistent grid, except the upper left-hand rectangle is left blank. There are 11 characters in each row. Each vertical left-hand row begins with a different number, while the right-hand edge has the same numbers, except for the top row.



Jasper Johns 1960

How numbers can further transition from symbols to graphic forms.

0 through 9


Jasper Johns 1961 (Collection of Nelson A. Rockefeller, New York)

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Editor in Chief Mehdi Chourou