Jackson Pollock was born on January 28th, 1912. Jackson Pollock died on August 11th, 1956. Paul Jackson Pollock, known professionally as Jackson Pollock, was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his unique style of drip painting. One of his quotes are, "The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through." Jackson Pollock was a major artist in his generation. He also struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner, who became an important influence on his career and on his legacy. Pollock died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related single-car accident when he was driving. In December 1956, four months after his death, Pollock was given a memorial retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In 1998 and 1999, his work was honored. Pollock was also the youngest of five sons. His method is sometimes called "action painting". Most artists painted on a surface that stood upright or vertical. But Pollock put his large canvases on the floor so that he could move around all four sides of his work. He also used very liquid paints so that he could easily drop the paint onto his canvases. During the Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt started a program called the Public Works of Art Project, one of many intended to jumpstart the economy. Pollock and his brother Sanford, known as Sande, both found work with PWA's mural division. The WPA program resulted in thousands of works of art by Pollock and contemporaries such as José Clemente Orozco, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko. In 1937, he began receiving psychiatric treatment for alcoholism from a Jungian analyst who fueled his interest in symbolism and Native American art. In 1939, Pollock discovered Pablo Picasso's show at the Museum of Modern Art. Picasso's artistic experimentation encouraged Pollock to push the boundaries of his own work.
My artwork looks like stringy splatter paint. The title of my artwork is called splatter. Some obvious elements that I used were color and texture. To create my work i had to use newspaper, paintbrush, acrylic paint, and water. First I had to make my paint thinner by adding water to it. To make it look kind of stringy you apply the thinned paint to the paint brush and you hit the paint brush with your hand. Jackson Pollock inspired my work because I find his artwork very interesting. My project does not really express a social or personal issue in my life. I tried to show the emotions how Jackson Pollock did in his project. My goals as an artist is to create a piece that speaks to someone who is going through a hard time. I dont think that this project is the one to help me achieve my goal. Most people will just recognize this as splatter paint. Doing this project I learned how to make my splatter paint more stringy. I also learned how to thin my paint down. The final piece is not what I imagined but it's close.