Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock

Style: Abstract Expressionism

Lived: January 28, 1912 - August 11, 1956 (20th century)

Nationality: USA

The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.

It's all a big game of construction, some with a brush, some with a shovel, some choose a pen.

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.

When I am in a 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 fears about 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.

The method of painting is the natural growth out of a need. I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them.

The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.

On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.

The painting has a life of its own.

Abstract art should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed ? after a while you may like it or you may not.

New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements ... the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture.

Every good painter paints what he is.

Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was.

A canvas is an arena in which to act.

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