Jasper Johns – Born: 1930 – Augusta, Georgia. He studied at the University of South Carolina for a short time. In 1955 Johns created his first masterpiece that garnered much attention titled “Flag,” a revolutionary geometric design placed on a large canvas void of any political or emotional connotation. Through experimentation of his “Flag” paintings, he has been credited with the development of the style of minimal art. Between 1956 and 1960 his style evolved adding numbers to his paintings as well as creating sculptures and lithographs. In 1959 his works began to show an influence from Surrealism and Dadaism with his creative combination of bold colors, numbers, and symbols and then in 1972 he used a cross-hatching method.