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Biography and Works of Jackson Pollock

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´╗┐The Art works of Jackson Pollock. I choose the paintings of Jackson Pollock as I have always been fascinated by his paintings like summertime, Lavender Mist, Autumn Rhythm, and Number 32. Pollock was like the Vicente Vango, the James Dean of his time. A great painter of his generation. As a student artist, I want to find out about Jackson Pollock?s life and what made him to become the great artist he was. I feel his family life, his life style, people he associated himself with and his unique talent affected the work he produced. In the book Jackson Pollock ?Interviews Articles and Reviews?, Clement Greenberg stated that Jackson started out as a sculptor and changed over to painting when he was eighteen years old. He had to learn with effort to draw and paint. Later on he was acclaimed a genius. Time magazine critic Robert Huges said ?It is impossible to make a forgery of Jackson?s art work?. Jackson Pollock was born to Mr LeRoy McCoy Pollock and Mrs. Stella McClure Pollock in 1912 in town call Cody, Wyoming in America. He was the fifth and the youngest of the Pollock?s. Jackson Pollock?s father was a farmer and later became a surveyor and by the time he was 12 years old Jackson had moved nine times with his family around the California and Arizona area. He spends four months in hospital undergoing a psychiatric treatment for his alcoholism, which he began when he was in his teens. He was allowed to work with two junglan analysts who used his drawings in the therapeutic process until 1941. Pollock claimed that the panoramic American landscapes he saw as a child influenced his paintings. Moving around nine times before Jackson Pollock was 12 Years affected him deeply as a boy. Never having a space of his own for a while but have to move home year after year, drove the artist to search for space. ...read more.

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I feel the joy he had in producing this painting could probably be due to the fact he had got married to Krasner who over the course of time had sacrificed her carrier to help him had some degree of emotional stability from depression and drinks. He had also meet Peggy Guggenheim who had given him the opportunity to have a solo show at her gallery and contracting him to produce paintings for her gallery and collections. The ?summertime 9A reminds me of happiness, joy and sweetness and hope. 3: ?HEAD?. 3: The third Jackson Pollock?s painting I would like to discuss is the ?Head? made in 1938 also oil on canvas. (40.6 by 40 centimetres). The head has three eyes, two noses, two ears, three horns, eye lashes going left to right and downwards. In the painting Pollock used the colours from deep red, orange lots of black, blue in the painting here and there, also mustard brown and greenish yellow at the bottom corner. The painting is on a black background. Unlike some of drip and slash paintings I feel he had a definite image in his head which he wanted to paint; a monster , a weird creature perhaps. The picture feels very surrealist and frightening to me. I am wondering whether he was not in one of his depressing moods or he had a little too much to drink at the time he was painting ?Head?. Despite the nature of this work like all his paintings, It is contemporary piece of art. One of a kind by a genius. 4: Yellow Island. The fourth painting is called ?Yellow Island? made in oil on canvas measuring (1462 by 1945 by 41 centimetres) . I wonder if Pollock was thinking about the beaches near the ?Hampton's? where he and his wife were living. Was he thinking of one or two beaches that he had visited that week. ...read more.

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The dark brown, I presume was the skin of the whale. Pollock tackles this subject of the great American Novel ?Moby Dick? very well. He truly brings this story to life in the painting Moby Dick. He did live near the sea in springs in the Hampton's in New York and was very familiar with the seaside and read the book perhaps as a child or an adult. 8: ?Water Bull? The eighth painting is called ?water Bull? dated 1964. It is oil on canvas measuring (35 by 100 centimetres). The painting is very colourful with lots of black inscribed markings on the canvas almost like Pollock is trying to tell us a story of somewhere he had lived on the farm when his father was in the farming business and perhaps he was painting this picture from memory. In the painting it looks like there are people cutting grass in a field and a lake near by with animals like the ?Bull? drinking from the lake, birds flying over the sky and greenish yellow mini mountains, cuts of fresh grass ready for the horses to eat on the farm. The colours in this painting are soft and warm, very soft outdoors relaxing beautiful colours. For example the lovely yellow towards the bottom right side and the extreme right of the painting. There are tiny bits of brown in different shapes resembling insects usually found in areas where cattle are found. I wonder when Jackson Pollock was a young man maybe in his teens whether he used to watch the cowboy?s rodeo near his father?s farm or weather he was once a rodeo cowboy as a teenager fascination for the about ?Water Bull?. A picture of Jackson Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner and his mum Stella at home cooking roast. I really admire Jackson Pollock?s work as I feel it ties into my style and way of painting. My brush strokes and shapes and colour are very close to his style of painting when am painting in the studio, though my subjects may differ from Jackson Pollock?s painting. ...read more.

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