Jackson Pollock



Pollock (2000) Poster

POLLOCK, Jackson

Whilst searching through the internet for Artists who have struggled through their career I came across Jackson Pollock. I was aware of his name and works but had no idea about him as a person or that he did struggle greatly in his life and within his art career.

“Born on January 28, 1912, in Cody, Wyoming, artist Jackson Pollock studied under Thomas Hart Benton before leaving traditional techniques to explore abstraction expressionism via his splatter and action pieces, which involved pouring paint and other media directly onto canvases. Pollock was both renowned and critiqued for his conventions. He died after driving drunk and crashing into a tree in New York in 1956, at age 44.”

            “Jackson Pollock, the Alcoholic……..”


                                 “fear to anxiety…..”             “Creative anxiety…”

I watched the film about Pollock’s life and I’m glad I did. It gave me a first hand insight, watching an artist struggle the way he did. I think his wife, Lee Krasner, helped Jackson Pollock for many years, in many ways from his career to everyday life by trying to keep him on the right track with his alcoholism and anxieties.

I think other ways in which Pollock struggled was the pressure of society, he didn’t seem to take it very well when he was given negative criticism of his work, the work load demands also shown great pressure to him and he seemed to also struggle socially. He would tend to ignore people, and struggle to understand people and looked as though he spent an awful amount of time in his own mind.

A great film to watch overall, I found it sad at times, watching somebody struggle the way he did and look forward to dedicating a part of my dissertation to understanding his life and struggles.



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