Jackson Pollock Essay

If people were asked to make a mental picture of a painter working on his work of art, most of them would describe it as a person with a big canvas on a stand in front of them painting the subject which they are looking at. There were two major differences in Pollock’s approach to his art compared to other artists. The first major difference was that Jackson painted on the floor. The second difference was that he used a stick instead of a brush. They would say that because they are all not exposed to different types and styles of painting. For those people who do not know much about art wouldn’t know the meaning of the painting or how it was created. In some instances people say to themselves, “you call this art, my little brother could paint that.” That is because they are locked into what they either see on television or learn in school. People should go beyond this limitation. People need to open their minds and hearts to accept all kinds of styles and types of paintings. They should try to interpret what the artist is trying to say through his work. Most people heard the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Well it is the same with art. You cannot look at a painting and judge it after looking at it for a few seconds.When the famous 20th Century painter, Jackson Pollock, first showed his works to the public he was disapproved of by the narrow minded critics. Pollock was not your typical painter that everyone would describe in their mental picture. He did not use the same style of painting as others.Most painters place their canvas on a stand. It made it easier to rea…

…266). Another reason why Pollock was a great influential artist was because people would “borrow” his style of painting and try to include it in their paintings. Abstract Expressionist paintings display no identical patterns, so these “borrowings” are very technical. Pollock’s paintings were so remarkable that you could only use his style without being able to counterfeit his works.

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