"Here I saw a man who had both broken all the traditions of the past and unified them,
who had gone beyond cubism, beyond Picasso and surrealism, beyond everything that
had happened in art....his work expressed both action and contemplation."
Pollock reveals the artistic process as the essence of creation, not the product, or finished painting. Process is action, and product is passive. Process is alive, and product the dead. Looking at his painting what you see is the action, the process, the moment still alive with texture, color and pattern.
Jackson Pollock was an abstract American artist who believed in expressing himself through his art, creating composition which may be far from reality, non-figurative. Widely known for his spectacular, wall-sized paintings, which typically feature a combination of swirling drips, bright splotches, and bold, rhythmic streaks; he is an artist who lived his art. He emerged as the most original painter in America, for his unprecedented physical involvement with the act of painting.
Threads of flowing color
After a period of struggle with traditional style, Pollock broke ingeniously. He threw the vertical style of painting, lay his painting on the ground and wrestled with flat ground. Focused, Pollock made familiar tools foreign, canvas and paint, body and brush, rivers of color, entering his work, embodying the process. Paint flew. Pollock was the painting, the painting Pollock.
With his innovative style, he approached the canvas from every possible angle. It was his dance floor. Some of his works have an impression of foot. By creating these action paintings, he felt he was actually a part of the painting.