The Essential Jackson Pollock
By Justin Spring
In 1912, Jackson was born into a Scottish-Irish working class family from Cody, Wyoming. It’s a little known fact that Pollock was an alcoholic, and had struggles with mental issues, including depression. Many of his most famous painting, including his splatter paintings that gained him notoriety, were done while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol was the cause behind much of his art, but it was also the cause of his death. On August 11, 1956, Pollock attended a party held by fellow artist, Alfonso Ossorio. Upon leaving the party under the influence, Jackson lost control of the car, killing himself and a passenger, and injuring another.
In my own personal opinion, Jackson Pollock was one of the most influential and innovative artists of the 20th century, which is the inspiration behind me choosing this book for my report. Pollock painted because he loved it, not to impress anybody, which impresses me quit a bit. He didn’t care a whole lot about how critics felt towards his art. He simply was going to make the art he wanted to make. When it comes to the arts, I believe that everyone should approach them as Pollock did. Arts shouldn’t be practiced for monetary purposes only, but rather out of love for that art. Through his life, Jackson didn’t have a large amount of money, yet he continued to paint the art that he wanted, not what his critics wanted.
Jackson Pollock was tremendously creative. Many people argue that his splatter paintings can be done by anyone, and in all honesty, they can, as I have demonstrated with my recreation of a Pollock work. However many people can do this work, the simple fact is that they didn’t. Pollock was the first major artist to do something so daring as creating artwork that was beautifully simple. Jackson realized the beautiful simplicity to his splatter paintings, and knew that nothing like it had ever been done. Maybe that is why he is seen in such...
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