Jasper Johns (born 1930) is a contemporary American artist living and working in Connecticut and is known for his work with printmaking and painting. Johns began his artistic career creating commercial art and coordinating window displays in New York City, and is considered responsible for initiating and promoting the pop art movement and continues to be one of the most successful living American artists.
Johns has been awarded the National Medal of Arts and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2011 Johns became the first artist or sculptor to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom since 1977. His most famous work is a painting of the American flag, completed in the early 1950s. John’s work continues to include abstract paintings, sculptures, and works that incorporate images from popular culture and classic iconography. A retrospective of Jasper John’s artistic career is currently on exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art through early February 2013. The exhibit includes over 90 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints.