James Rosenquist was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota and rose to become a seminal figure in the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. He is most known for his large-scale, collage-style paintings and major exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and many other institutions both domestic and abroad. Rosenquist died at his home in New York City on March 31, 2017 at the age of 83.
As described by James Rosenquist Studio, Joystick, which was originally painted in 2002, is an ode to Rosenquist’s love of flying. The abstracted visualization is based on reflections of various forms from within a central mirrored cylinder moving at a great speed.
Lily Rosenquist, artist and daughter of James Rosenquist, oversaw installation of the mural.