Jackson Pollock — Abstraction

Jackson Pollock was an abstract expressionism artist who also

was the first American painter that capturing the popular imagination.

Pollock was controversial. His paintings were avant garde, which were

more concerned about lines, form, shape, texture, and scale rather

than the narrative. Pollock produced the bodies of work which brought

with European tradition, and helped found the movement which made

Americans the new leaders of the international art work. In relation

of the image abstraction, one of his greatest paintings was his

Lavender Mist that produced in 1950. Lavender Mist is a very large

scale painting on canvas. He painted directly on the floor. Instead of

using a brush, he used a stick to pour the pigment directly on to the

canvas by using rhythmic drippings and markings to create his

painting. He interested in the improvisation to express his inner

feelings, and he focused more on the creative process with

experimenting the nature than the traditional technique skills. His

paintings were considered as the gestural abstraction artworks and a

modernism approach which applied pigment energetically as a form on

the canvas. Although the painting was created under the condition of

his collective unconscious, the viewer could still tell the artist’s

regular patterns that was designed and controlled in the painting. His

painting was clearly there to render the lines and structure with a

great calm and a quiet feeling. Unlike the traditional painters who

like to consider the subject matter, he considered the formal elements

more. Pollock thought that the process was more important than the

result so that every viewer had a different feeling after seeing this


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