Fine Art Picks: Jackson Pollack

by | Jul 24, 2018

Jackson Pollack was a well-known abstract artist from the United States. He is famous for his “drip paintings”, which were made from 1947 to 1950. He was not well known until his works were displayed in Life magazine in 1949. It was not long after that Pollack abandoned the drip style he was famous for, because he did not like all of the attention he received from his works.

Jackson Pollack and Drip Paintings Period

He moved from the drip paintings through an all-black period he called the black pourings, because those did not sell well, and moved into more color, but with figurative elements. He grew anxious about finishing works to satisfy his clients, and the alcoholism that had plagued him since his early artist years returned with a vengeance in the early 1950s, resulting in his death from a car accident in 1956.

His drip paintings remain his most famous works. They are full of color and joy. Many people love Pollack’s work because it is so colorful, and no two people view his work the same way. Artists from all over the world have been inspired by Pollack’s work. A look at some of our artists reveals many artworks in the style of Jackson Pollack in a variety of mediums and colors sure to find a spot in any household.

Artists in the Style of Jackson Pollack

First, there are the colorful offerings, many with color as the theme, as Pollack often imagined. While many critics have called Pollack’s art commercial and chaotic, in reality Pollack always had a thought in mind when he began to create. Artists who have been able to work within Pollack’s technique include Tommy Urbans, who has several pieces modelled after Pollack. “Red, White, and Hurry” is a union of patriotism, and would make a great focal piece for anyone’s living room. “Sea Foam” is a series of three paintings, a study in green and blue that mimics the movement of foam, ocean and sand. Perhaps the most striking painting in Urbans’ collection is “Mardi Gras Explosion” which immediately evokes scenes of New Orleans and the Mardi Gras season.

If Urbans represents the drip period of Pollack’s work, Nola Lee Kelsey represents the late period of Pollack’s life, when he began experimenting with abstract figures in addition to dripwork. Kelsey has several paintings that serve as an example of Pollack’s late period, when his paintings were darker. “Peacock with Leftovers” is an example of the dark background with abstract features, such as lines and larger circles, some in brighter colors than the background. “Celebration of the Peacock #2” is another example of a brighter pattern against a dark background, and as it Pollack’s later work, the pattern of shape is repeated.

Whatever period you choose from Pollack’s work, whether it is from the colorful period of Pollack’s drip paintings, his black pourings period–with nothing on the canvas except black and white–or is experimentation period, with a dark background and repeated patterns set against the darkness, it is sure to be a piece that creates conversation in your home.


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