Posted January 28th, 2009 by admin 1 Comment »
On the floor I am more at ease, I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around in it, work from the four sides and be literally `in’ the painting.
– Jackson Pollock, 1947
Famous influential American painter, Paul Jackson Pollock whose birthday would have been today, January 28th made it into Google’s homepage as Google pays tribute to his major contribution to the abstract expressionist movement .
What sets him apart from other painters was in later years he decided not to name his paintings anymore. Instead gave them all numbers. This makes sense because oftentimes people would view a painting based on its title and would draw emotions from there. With numbers, it is free to interpretations from anyone who views it. Pollack said of this: “…look passively and try to receive what the painting has to offer and not bring a subject matter or preconceived idea of what they are to be looking for.” Her painter wife, Lee Krasner: also mentioned “Numbers are neutral. They make people look at a picture for what it is – pure painting.”
Born in 1912, he died at a young age of 44yo in an alcohol-related, single car crash in his Oldsmobile convertible, less than a mile from his home in Springs, New York on August 11, 1956.