Jackson Pollock in the mood

by Alain Chivilò


Paul Jackson Pollock (Cody, 28/1/1912 – Long Island, 11/8/1956) and his state of mind for moments of reflection between art and culture. Some historic and recurring motivational thoughts for every day of your life.

When I say artist I mean the man who is building things – creating molding the earth – whether it be the plains of the west – or the iron ore of Penn. It’s all a big game of construction – some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen.

I continue to get further away from the usual painter’s tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc.

My paintings do not have a center, but depend on the same amount of interest throughout.

It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.

Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within.

I hardly ever stretch the canvas before painting.

The modern artist […] is working and expressing an inner world – in other words – expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.  

I don’t work from drawings. I don’t make sketches and drawings and color sketches into a final painting.

I’m very representational some of the time, and a little all of the time. But when you’re painting out of your unconscious, figures are bound to emerge.

The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.


Jackson Pollock Action Painting


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