James Rosenquist (1933-2017, American.) "Hot Lake (Second State)" is a large-scale, limited edition (18/78) aquatint etching created in 1978. It is hand-signed and numbered in pencil. Rosenquist frequently separated canvases, or images, into sections - often three, alongside images which appear off center or cut off. This refers back to his early days painting billboards, where large signs would have to be separated into sections to be painted, often cutting images in half. The unframed piece (board) measures 23" x 40." Referenced as figure 148A on page 153 in "Time Dust: Rosenquist, Complete Graphics: 1962-1992" by Constance W. Glenn, Published by Rizzoli, New York. James Rosenquist was born in North Dakota and studied studio art at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis. In 1955, he moved to New York City where he studied at The Art Students League for one year and met artists from the generation that preceded Pop art (the Abstract Expressionists.) Beginning in the late 1950s, James Rosenquist, along with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, was instrumental in the emergence of the Pop Art movement. He had experience in advertising and creating huge billboard-size paintings.