The Artwork of Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock is among the best-known painters of the 20th century. When Pollock moved from easel painting to dripping or pouring paint onto a piece of canvas spread on the floor, he was able to get long, continuous lines impossible to get by applying paint to canvas with a brush.

In this method of painting he needed paint with a fluid viscosity. Here, he turned the new synthetic resin-based paints on the market more commonly called “gloss enamel” that are intent for industrial purposes like spray painting cars or in interior decorating of household.

Why did he use such paint?

During the 1930’s in America, synthetic paints were already replacing the traditional oil based. During the World War II these gloss enamel paints were more readily accessible than those paints that were commonly used by the artists and this is much cheaper. He then described his use of modern household and industrial paint as a natural growth out of a need.

In regards with Jackson Pollock’s palette, his drip paintings are dominated by black and white, but there are often unexpected colors and multimedia elements. For you to appreciate fully the amount of paint in his drip paintings and the three-dimensionality of it, one should stand in front of his painting.

Pollock’s technique in painting

Krasner commented about Pollock’s painting technique. He said that using sticks and hardened or worn-out brushes and basting syringes and controlling them are amazing. He also said that it is indeed difficult to use stick but the basting syringe was like a giant fountain pen that means he had to control the flow of the paint as well as his gesture.

In the year 1947, Pollock described his painting technique for the magazine Possibilities. He said, “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 four sides, and literally be “in” the painting.”

In 1950, he then described his painting technique as “new needs need new techniques…” He also said, “It seems to me that the modern cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or any other past culture. Each age finds its own techniques. Most of the paint I use is a liquid, flowing kind of paint. The brushes I used more as sticks rather than brushes—the brush does not touch the surface of the canvas, it’s just above.”

As another way of painting, he would also rest a stick on the inside of a tin paint, then angle the tin so the paint would pour or drip down the stick continuously, onto the canvas. He would also make a hole in a can, to get an extended line.

Know more about Jackson Pollock’s painting or buy abstract painting in the abstract art gallery. You can also search online about abstract art and see more about gallery paintings.

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