The story behind "Let it flow" By Jackson Pollock "The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through." -Jackson Pollock

"It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement." -Jackson Pollock


The method "Let it Flow" is used to create abstract art. Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form and color to create an artwork which can exist with a level of independence from visual references in our everyday world. Many other artist create beautiful and very valuable paintings, including No. 6 (Violet, Green and Red) by Mark Rothko - $186m, Les Femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’) by Pablo Picasso - $179.4m, Le Reve by Pablo Picasso - $155m, No. 5 by Jackson Pollock - $140m, Woman III by Willem de Kooning- $137.5m, Nude Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso- $106.5m, Anna’s Light by Barnett Newman - $105.7m, Dora Maar au Chat by Pablo Picasso- $95.2m and Orange Red Yellow by Mark Rothko- $87m. Abstract art may seem like random lines, shapes and splatter of paints to the inexperienced eye but the true beauty of abstract paintings can be seen in the non-conventional method used to create them. Apart from the classic paintings, abstract art is the most popular and most expensive style of painting in the world. It truly takes a master of art to create an abstract masterpiece.

Van Gogh's Starry Night
Edvard Monch's The Scream

"Let it flow"

The "Let It Flow" technique was created by Paul Jackson Pollock. He dripped, splattered and splashed different colors of paint onto a clear page to make beautiful and aesthetic painting, that can have a value up to $166 300! Some examples are Autumn Rhythm, Blue Poles, Shimmering Substance, Lavender mist, Eyes in the Heart and many more, all abstract paintings such as the She-Wolf. Above is the Convergence.

"Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is." -Jackson Pollock

How it happened

In Jackson Pollock's childhood, most of his time was spent in a Wyoming barn. He struggled with his apparent lack of natural talent before becoming a well-known name in the art world. One day, in the usual barn, Jackson Pollock disregarded his art instruments and simply started to pour paint onto the blank canvas, which was on the floor. He walked around to all four sides, allowing the different colored paint to drip, splatter and flow onto the innocent canvas.

"The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating." -Jackson Pollock


Jackson Pollock was born on January 28th 1912 in Cody, Wyoming and died on August 11th 1956 due to a car crash. In 1949, a well-known magazine proposed the question "Is he the greatest living artist in the United States?" The well-known artist's fame took an unfortunate turn into alcoholism and depression.


Jackson Pollock has many quotes including these few "Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within.", "The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.", "The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.", "Every good painter paints what he is.", "My painting does not come from the easel."

Example of Modern abstract art

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