Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) was an interesting figure in the art world and a major force in the Abstract Expressionist movement. Most people would know him for his "drip painting" technique that made him famous in the late 1940's. Hollywood even made a film about his life starring Ed Harris in 2000. I haven't seen the Ed Harris portrayal of Pollock but I did see a documentary titled "Who The #$&% is Jackson Pollock." It was an amusing tale of a retired trucker named Teri Horton who buys a painting in a thrift shop for $5 and who later believes it to be an original Pollock. Its an interesting look into the art world as it focuses on her struggle to get it authenticated. I'm not a huge fan of abstract expressionism, but there's no doubt he was an influential figure in art. If you're feeling inspired to create some art on your own, we have a program coming up at our branch that may be of interest to you called Oil Pastels for Beginners. The instructor Asha will be teaching it in the style of Jackson Pollock (he also worked with oil pastels). Please call the branch to register at 416-393-7746. Spaces are limited. In the mean time, if you want to learn more about this famous artist, check out our catalogue here.
Image above: Jackson Pollock No. 5, 1948