The names that typically come to mind when discussing Pop Art almost always include Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann. There are countless other artists who contributed to the early Pop Art movement such as Ray Edward Johnson.
Johnson, a Michigan native, moved to New York City in 1949 where he began to make a name for himself in the art community. While in New York, Johnson developed a technique called "moticos" - fragments of popular art pulled together into irregularly shaped collages. He often used 'Lucky Strikes' logos and would incorporate magazine clippings of big name stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Johnson would then take these collages and send them to his friends, colleagues and even complete strangers. This passing of art soon became known as 'Correspondence Art.'
Soon after Andy Warhol's death and the assassination of Robert Kennedy only days later, Johnson moved to Locust Valley, LI where he became a bit of a recluse. On the morning of January 13th, 1995, Johnson was seen diving off the Sag Harbor bridge and swimming the backstroke out to sea. Much of this artist's life and death were surrounded in mystery that still have his friends and fans wondering if his death was his final last great work of art.