Jackson Pollock Jackson Pollock’s art NUMBER 1, 1950(Lavender Mist) was created in 1950 with oil, aluminum, and enamel. The name ‘Lavender Mist’ was actually suggested by the art critic, Clement Greenberg, despite the fact that lavender paint was not used on the painting. Jackson Pollock created this work of art using his ‘drip-technique’ where he would fling enamel paint across the canvas as he stood above it. He utilized this technique so much that, nowadays, people online call him ‘Jack the Dripper’.

When I realized that I would be able to talk about Jackson Pollock in my artist journal, I became excited. The painting, NUMBER 1, 1950, is currently both my favorite Jackson Pollock work of art and one of my most favorite works of art. The reason for this is because I love the simplicity of his artwork and because I studied Jackson Pollock and Number 1, 1950 when I was a member of Academic Decathlon in James E. Taylor high school. The sense of movement in this works of art give this painting a sense of being ‘alive’. This same restless movement causes me to feel…

restless, as I am constantly trying to find something to rest my eyes on, even though I know that there is nothing to ‘rest my eyes on’.If you look closely at the top of the painting, you may be able to see that Jackson Pollock has included a series of handprints. This is reminiscent of how prehistoric cave painters ‘signed’ their paintings like in the Lascaux cave painting.

Personally, I like how he decided to ‘hand-sign’ this work of art instead of just using his written signature. It feels as if his ‘hand-signature’ is more personal(In addition to the fact that we may not be able to see a cursive signature on a painting like NUMBER 1). I also always admired the randomness of this work of art as well as others from Jackson Pollock as it would make them incredibly difficult for ‘copies’ to be fabricated.Despite being an abstract expressionist artist and for creating the ‘drip-method’, Jackson Pollock has created other types of art like sculptures. The untitled sculptures he created differ greatly from his other works of art.

Interestingly, I believe all of Jackson Pollock’s sculptures are unnamed. Despite being siblings, I do not see many similarities between Jackson Pollock’s artwork and the artwork of Charles Pollock; Jackson’s older brother. Despite the fact that Charles was an abstract painter like his brother, Charles painted in an organized style compared to Jackson’s drip style.

Furthermore, while his brother also painted less-abstract artwork like landscapes, Jackson Pollock dripped paint onto a canvas; making his artwork even more abstract.”There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn’t have any beginning or any end. He didn’t mean it as a compliment, but it was.”-Jackson Pollock


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