Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pollock, Jackson

Figure 1
Jackson Pollock's ‘Convergence’ (1952)
oil on canvas
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York

The abstract expressionist Paul Jackson Pollock (1912 – 1956), known as Jackson Pollock, nicknamed ‘Jack the Dripper,’ is one of America's most important artists. He is best known for his ‘action’ paintings, executed by dripping, pouring, and splashing liquid paint onto horizontal canvases on the floor.
After struggling with alcoholism for his entire adult life, Pollock, died in a single-car crash in his Oldsmobile convertible while driving under the influence of alcohol.
"Died. Jackson Pollock, 44, bearded shock trooper of modern painting, who spread his canvases on the floor, dribbled paint, sand and broken glass on them, smeared and scratched them, named them with numbers...; at the wheel of his convertible in a side road crack-up near East Hampton, N.Y." (Time Magazine, August 20, 1956)