Artist of the Day – Jackson Pollock

| April 11, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Jackson Pollock 

Autumn Rhythm







In the picture above the gaze is carried along dramatic paths image.  The viewer is drawn to the black lines that seem to come forward and while the brown, white and grey marks sit back.

Born in Cody, Wyoming, 1912, & Died in New York, 1956

Jackson Pollock was a leading artists in the movement of Abstract Expressionism.  In 1929 to 1931 he studied at the Art Students League of New York under the  American painter and muralist Thomas Hart Benton. In 1937 he Jackson Pollock was treated for alcoholism.  In 1943 he had his first solo exhibition at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of the century gallery.  In 1945 he married the painter Lee Krasner and moves to East Hampton, Long Island, where he worked in a barn.  In 1947 Jackson Pollock began his drip paintings and in 1949 he featured in an article in Life magazine that asks “Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?”.  In 1951 he abandons his drip style and returned to figurative elements and in 1954 he stopped painting.  Pollock died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related car accident. In December 1956, the year of his death, he was given a memorial retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, and a larger more comprehensive exhibition there in 1967. More recently, in 1998 and 1999, his work was honored with large-scale retrospective exhibitions at MoMA and at The Tate in London. Jackson Pollock’s abstract paintings reflect different moods, emotion and feelings his drip paintings earned him the unfortunate name of, “Jack the Dripper”, by Time magazine. below is an extract from Wikipedia:

“My painting does not come from the easel. I prefer to tack the unstretched canvas to the hard wall or the floor. I need the resistance of a hard surface. On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.

I continue to get further away from the usual painter’s tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc. I prefer sticks, trowels, knives and dripping fluid paint or a heavy impasto with sand, broken glass or other foreign matter added.

When I am in my painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It is only after a sort of ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about. I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.”

—Jackson Pollock, My Painting, 1956



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