Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann (February 23, 1931-December 17, 2004) was an American pop artist who specialised in found art collages.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wesselmann was drafted into the Army for the Korean War. Afterward, he studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and later at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City. Whilst at the Cooper Union Wesselmann learned to paint, his initial purpose of going into art was to become a cartoonist. His early work was heavily influenced by the abstract expressionist painters, especially Willem de Kooning.

Beginning in the 1950s, he made collages from magazine clippings and found objects, often incorporating female nudes.

He died of complications following heart surgery.