Jackson Pollock Prints

Written by Serena Berger
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Jackson Pollock prints are some of the most famous and important from the Abstract Expressionist movement. Pollack was responsible for a number of exciting and provocative developments in art in the first half of the last century. While he began as a Regionalist, and certainly owed a stylistic debt to the Mexican muralists and the Surrealists, it is the abrupt emergence of his "drip and splash" style which characterizes the Jackson Pollock prints of the most importance.

Innovative Techniques in Jackson Pollock Prints

Pollock called the techniques he used for these ground-breaking works "action painting." Borrowing from the Surrealist's ideas of automatic painting, action painting was intended to result in a direct expression from the subconscious of the painter. Pollock would place his canvas on the floor and pour or drip paint on it, or fling the paint with the aid of various tools he found around the house.

If you are searching for Jackson Pollock prints, you are likely to discover many similar works from the drip and splash oeuvre. Number 8, 1949, is a darker example: a brooding, chaotic swirl of black and dark olive green, with only a little bit of orange and a mustard yellow color mixed in. Even the bits of white offer no respite from the gloom of this work, which seems to have captured the tormented subconscious of Pollock as the style was meant to do.

Pollock also explored the idea of painting not being bound by the canvas. Eschewing traditional notions of composition, Pollock would just paint whatever he wanted to in the moment. If it was bigger than the canvas, then the work you see is only what fit on the canvas, while if it was smaller, then Pollock would trim the canvas... or often not even bother.

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Jackson Pollock's technique for Convergence was to move around a large canvas which he would lay in the middle of his studio floor. As he circled it Pollock would apply paint in a seemingly random fashion, combining drip, pour and splash techniques together to give an overall finish which was busy and full of colour. Convergence is undoubtably the artist's finest painting that used this technique, which has become classified within the abstract expressionist art movement which serves as an umbrella to many different artistic techniques for expressing one's emotion through art.