Happy Belated Birthday Dear Dripper!
Google informed us that it was Jackson Pollock’s birthday yesterday. Well, belated Birthday Greetings! He was born 1912 Wyoming USA and would have been 97 yesterday if he hadn’t died in 1956. He studied under Thomas Hart Benton (b.1889 – 1975 USA)
He started pouring paint on his canvas’s in the early 1940’s after being introduced to liquid paint in a workshop in 1936. Pollock used sticks, syringes and even hardened old brushes as applicators with household paint for his ‘drip’ technique. An example of Pollock’s technique ‘Summertime’ Number 9A’ was made by pouring and dripping paint over flat canvas. In ‘Action’ painting, the physical Act itself is as important as the finished work as it is a form of Expressionism: sometimes called Gestural Expresionism.
Willem de Kooning (b. 1904 – 1997 Netherlands) was another Abstract Expressionist, along with Franz Kline, Marc Rothko and Philip Guston amongst others.
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.
There is nothing like really putting yourself into a really big canvas. I like to use my brush tied to a long stick, and to dart in and out: going up close and coming out again. Here’s one I did earlier.
- If you fancy yourself a bit of a ‘dripper’, have a go here - great fun!