Try Painting a Jackson Pollock Drip-Painting
by Fred Weismann
Jackson Pollock was quite an interesting painter. Born in Wyoming in 1912 - and he died in a motor accident in 1956.
He enrolled in the Manual Arts High School in LA. Soon he left for NY and studied at the Art Students League under Thomas Benton. From about 1937 he worked on Federal Art Projects as did many other leaders in the NY school at that time.
His first art showing was in the MacMillen Gallery NY at an international exhibition and 3 years later at the now famous Guggenheim Gallery. This is when he first started painting full time and from then on his work was constantly on show.
His first works were very much under the influence of his tutor Thomas Benton. Later he became interested in Mexican painters Orozco and Siqueiros. At the end of the 1930's, he was hooked on surrealism.
Picasso's Surrealist works became the fundamental influence on Jackson's powerful paintings. Look out for some of them notably "Male and Female." His drip paintings, with which we are all familiar with, began in 1947. Most of these large canvases were pinned to the floor. He felt more emotional about his drip-feed painting -- I guess that is why he did so many.
Thank you, Jackson Pollack, for giving the art world this kind of inspiration!
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