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Jackson Pollock
January 28, 1912 - August 11, 1956
Nationality: American
Category: Artist
Subcategory: American Artist

Every good painter paints what he is.


New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements... the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture.


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.


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


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


Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was.


The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.


The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.


I hardly ever stretch the canvas before painting.


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.


Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.


He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into nonobjective painting.


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'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.


Bums are the well-to-do of this day. They didn't have as far to fall.


When I'm painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It's only after a get acquainted period that I see what I've been about. I've no fears about making changes for the painting has a life of its own.


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


The modern artist... is working and expressing an inner world - in other words - expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.


When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing.


My painting does not come from the easel.


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