Jackson Pollock - "Jack the Dripper"

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Jackson Pollack is a man who contributed to the world of art by creating an entirely new form of art, abstract expressionism. Abstract expressionism is creating art in a completely abstract manner, using the artist's mood to do the painting. Jackson Pollock did not always paint this way though. He started studying art at the Art Students' League in New York in 1929. He was interested in Mexican muralist painters such as Orozco, Riviera, and Siqueiros, and in different parts of surrealism. By the year 1940, Jackson was painting in a completely abstract manner. This is when his famed "drip and splash" technique came out. Pollock did not use any conventional ways of painting, nor has he use any of the same materials. The canvas would not be put on an easel, but fixed to the floor or wall. No professional paints were used, just common house paint. The paint would not be applied using paintbrushes, but with sticks or knives.

To find broken glass or sand in the paintings is common as Jackson Pollack was an alcoholic, and most paintings were on the floor. There are three main paintings, Lavender Mist, She-wolf, and Fathom Five, which show how Pollock's art is Completely abstract and expressed by the moods of the artist.

Lavender mist also known as "Number 1 1950", is a three-meter long, two hundred and twenty meter wide painting, The painting is a huge mixture of colours, in many different layers, but a light purple overall. He quotes "This painting has a life of it's own. I [just] try to let it come through." In an interview Jackson also replies that he did not paint an object or image, just emotion and "action". There are many patterns found in Lavender mist, mostly crisscrosses of a certain colour. There...