Citius. Altius. Fortius.

These works are a homage to Jasper Johns target paintings (1955-65), and combine a juxtaposition of two famed Olympians, along with the year and location in which they competed. The five rings have been applied within this target motif. Each artwork is painted directly onto marine ply board; these originally used to ring fence the London 2012 Olympic Park site during its construction.

Original mixed media artwork using vintage Olympic ephemera by artist James Straffon
BOB. EMIL
55 x 40 x 1.8cm
Acrylic, collage, pen, oil pastel on marine plywood.
Olympians: Bob Beamon. USA. Gold medal. Mexico City 1968. Long jump. Emil Zátopek. Czechoslovakia. Gold medal. Helsinki 1952. 5,000 & 10,000 metres, Marathon.


Original mixed media artwork using vintage Olympic ephemera by artist James Straffon
FANNY. JOHNNY.
55 x 40 x 1.8cm
Acrylic, collage, pen, oil pastel on marine plywood.
Olympians:Fanny Blankers-Koen. Holland. London 1948. 100 & 200 metres, 80 metres hurles, 4 x 100 metres relay. Johnny Weismuller. USA. Gold medal. Paris 1924. 100 & 400 metres freestyle, 4 x 200 metres freestyle.


Original mixed media artwork using vintage Olympic ephemera by artist James Straffon
br> FLO. DAVID.
55 x 40 x 1.8cm
Acrylic, collage, pen, oil pastel on marine plywood.
Olympians: Florence Griffith-Joyner. USA. Gold medal. Seoul 1988. 100 metres & 200 metres, 4 x 100 metres relay. David Hemery. UK. Gold medal. Mexico City 1968. 400 metres hurdles.


Original mixed media artwork using vintage Olympic ephemera by artist James Straffon
GREG. VERA.
55 x 40 x 1.8cm
Acrylic, collage, pen, oil pastel on marine plywood.
Olympians: Greg Louganis. USA. Gold medal. Seoul 1988. Diving. Věra Čáslavská. Czechoslovakia. Gold medals. Mexico City 1968. Gymnastics.


Original mixed media artwork using vintage Olympic ephemera by artist James Straffon
NADIA. MARK.
55 x 40 x 1.8cm
Acrylic, collage, pen, oil pastel on marine plywood.
Olympians: Nadia Comăneci. Romania. Gold medals. Montreal 1976. Gymnastics. Mark Spitz. USA. 7 gold medals. Munich 1972. Swimming.


Original mixed media artwork using vintage Olympic ephemera by artist James Straffon
OLGA. AL.
55 x 40 x 1.8cm
Acrylic, collage, pen, oil pastel on marine plywood.
Olympians: Olga Korbut. Belarus. Gold medal. Munich 1972. Gymnastics. Alfred Oerter. USA. Gold medal. Tokyo 1964. Discus.


Original mixed media artwork using vintage Olympic ephemera by artist James Straffon
PAT. JESSE.
55 x 40 x 1.8cm
Acrylic, collage, pen, oil pastel on marine plywood.
Olympians: Pat McCormick. USA. Gold medal. Helsinki 1952. Diving. Jesse Owens. USA. Gold medal. Berlin 1936. 100 & 200 metres, 4 x 100 relay, long jump.



All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.

Target with Four Bottles (after Johns)

Target with Four Bottles (after Johns)
64.5 x 42 x 5cm
Wooden box. Plaster casts. Mixed media, acrylic and spray paint.
£2,000

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A hommage to Jasper Johns' Target with Four Faces 1955.
Repositioning the original artwork through use of a target motif, juxtaposed with four plaster casts.

Mapping the success of Team Sky in the 2012 cycling season, Target with Four Bottles transplants like-for-like forms - the bottles being casts of an original Team Sky drinking bidon; the target a combination of Team Sky colours and the RAF Roundel adopted by 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins as his unofficial insignia. Scraps of newsprint used by Johns in his original have been referenced with a front cover from L'Equipe sports newspaper, running the headline CIEL, QUEL, WIGGINS!


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All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2020.