Monday, 27 January 2014

FAMOUS ARTIST BIRTHDAY, JACKSON POLLOCK - JACKSON BOUQUET - iPad and Painting Give-away - Day 28 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days


STILL WET IN EVENING LIGHT

JACKSON BOUQUET

4" x 4" MINI MASTER BY SEA DEAN
on Canvas Panel
INSPIRED BY JACKSON POLLOCK ON HIS BIRTHDAY

To view my Gallery or purchase this painting please visit Daily Paintworks. Larger originals or prints may be available by contacting me. 

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I thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating this painting. The joy of studying a famous Artist and creating a work in their style is that you seem to be communicating with them in some way. It is a far deeper process than reading about their technique or studying their life. 

Although his poured paintings appear to demonstrate sheer abandon, once you start working the technique it is clear that a lot of thought goes into the process. There has been some talk that he was subconciously working with fractals, but his main desire was to evenly cover the canvas and leave no possibility of conversion to form. 

When I am in my 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 fear of 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. 
Jackson Pollock, My Painting, 1956

When you study a Pollock painting, you mainly get a sense of energy, which was created by him circling a large canvas, using his whole body almost like dancing. He became totally absorbed, pouring and throwing paint with brushes and turkey basters and moving it around with broomsticks until he was satisfied. I am at my desk with a tiny canvas, toothpicks and pen points, so the end result is different, but I tried to keep focus and work with a rhythm. Jackson wanted to create pure pattern without form, but my painting started to look like flowers and I went with the flow.



JACKSON POLLOCK
Born PAUL Jackson Pollock in Cody, Wyoming, USA, 28th January 1912. He was a leading artist of his generation, an influential painter and a major figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement.

Jackson was reclusive and struggled with alcoholism most of his life. He was notorious for his mood swings and drinking bouts as shown in Academy Award winning film Pollock, starring and directed by Ed Harris. In 1945, he married Lee Krasner, also an artist, who was a major influence on his career. 

Pollock numbered his paintings, not wanting to give hints of interpretation, but names were added later, sometimes by him and sometimes by those marketing his work. His work hangs in major museums around the world including his most famous work Blue Poles Number 11, 1952, purchased in 1973 for $1.3 Million. Estimates of the current value vary between $20 and $100 Million. A few years ago I visited Canberra, Australia, to view the painting and it certainly has the presence of sheer size, but more substance is added with incredible depth of paint. Luckily my homage painting is only a Mini Master because otherwise the supplies  would have cost a fortune.


On August 11, 1956, at the age of 44, Jackson Pollock died in a single-car accident near his home. It was an alcohol-related accident and he was driving. Several months later, in December 1956, his place in the history of art was established in a retrospective memorial exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.


Cat # 14023 Jackson Bouquet
The Pollock Krasner Foundation