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Famous Artist Jackson Pollock
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Jackson Pollock

A tortured American soul!

Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming but was raised in Arizona and California. At Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, he was encouraged to pursue his interest in art. He studied Old Master paintings and mural paintings and participated in group exhibitions where he met his future wife Lee Krasner, a considerable artist in her own right. Soon his work came to the attention of Peggy Guggenheim (Guggenheim Museum) who became his patron and promoted his work to the public. He had his first solo exhibition in 1943.

In 1945 the Pollocks moved into a small house in The Springs on East Hampton, Long Island. In 1949 Life Magazine nominated him as the foremost painter of his generation. His career was cut short when he died in a car crash in 1956. To create his large paintings, Jackson Pollock employed techniques that included dripped enamel and aluminum paint, (mixed at times with sand or broken glass), onto canvas placed flat on the floor.

Quotes:

"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through."

"Every good painter paints what he is."

"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 modern artist, it seems to me, is working and expressing an inner world in other words - expressing the energy, the motion and other inner forces."

"It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement"


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