Photographer Hans Namuth extensively documented Pollock's unique painting techniques.
|Birth name||Paul Jackson Pollock|
|Born||January 28, 1912|
Cody, Wyoming, U.S.
|Died||August 11, 1956 (aged 44)|
Springs, New York, U.S.
|Training||Art Students League of New York|
|Influenced by||Thomas Hart Benton, Pablo Picasso|
FACT: Pollock's No. 5, 1948 became the world's most expensive painting, when it was sold privately to an undisclosed buyer for the sum of $140, 000, 000. The previous owner was film and music producer David Geffen. It is rumoured that the current owner is a German businessman and art collector.
Pollock introduced the use of liquid paint. He used paint pourings as one of several techniques on canvases. He began painting with his canvases laid out on the studio floor, and he developed what was later called his 'drip' technique. He used hardened brushes, sticks, and even basting syringes as paint applicators. Pollock's technique of Pouring and dripping paint is thought to be one of the origins of the term action painting. In this way Pollock challenged the Western tradition of using easel and brush. He also moved away from the use of only the hand and wrist, since he used his whole body to paint. Time magazine dubbed Pollock, 'Jack the Dripper' as a result of his unique painting style.
Now, get out your canvas, get out your liquid fluid paints, and a turkey baster, and let the magic begin. Ready, set go. Meet you back here when you're done. Would love to see your version of the 'drip' technique. ok?