In keeping with the couple theme, I think I’m going to do artist couples for a while, starting with Jackson Pollock aka Jack The Dripper.
Pollock was first introduced to fluid paint and paint pouring in 1936 by David Alfaro Siqueiros.
Pollock was inspired by Indian sand painting, which he was exposed to in the early 1940s. One could speculate that he was inspired by surrealist automatism, but Pollock was more of a Jungian person than a Freudian.
November of 1943 was Pollock’s first one man show at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century gallery. Peggy would be a patron of his for years to come and even lent him the down payment for a home for Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner when they married in 1945. http://sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/pkh
1947 to 1950 was Pollock’s most successful period, called his “drip period”.
“[Pollock] used to give his pictures conventional titles… but now he simply numbers them. Numbers are neutral. They make people look at a picture for what it is – pure painting.” – Lee Krasner
However, just like his painting technique, when he saw a pattern emerging he was quick to deviate from it and abruptly, he abandoned dripping.
After this he started to do more figurative work, lines and curves start to assemble, he gained more commercial success. The pressure started to become overwhelming and colors in his pieces became more dark as he dove further into his alcoholism.
He did not paint anything in 1956 and March of that year is when he started his affair with Ruth Kligman (who was also a muse of De Kooning). “I remember the first painting I saw of yours about two years ago. It was all black and white, and I remember standing in front of it, and something happened to me. I felt the sensation of you, your energy came into my body…I was so moved by your work, your beauty, the mobility, the lyric quality, the torrent, the suffering, it’s all there… I felt your tears, I felt your heart breaking, I felt betrayal, and your violence and rage, and my heart was breaking with you.” she recounts in her book “Love Affair: A memoir of Jackson Pollock” (1974)
The affair would not last long. In August of the same year, while driving under the influence, Pollock was in a fatal car accident that ended not only his life, but Edith Metzger’s a friend of Ruth’s. Ruth was the only survivor.
In spite of the affair, Krasner managed her husband’s estate and worked hard to keep Pollock’s reputation strong.
I heard they made a movie about Pollock.
It looks extremely Hollywood but I’ve never seen it. If any of you have, let me know how they did.
Why dont you give Pollock’s technique a try