Today marks the birth of the late Jackson Pollock in 1912, an American abstract expressionist painter.
As an art history nerd, I’m fascinated by the mixed reviews of his artistic work– people either love him or hate him. To some, his paintings have been described as “not art” and “a joke in bad taste”. Those same critics are “astonished that decorative ‘wallpaper’, essentially brainless, could gain such a position in art history alongside Giotto, Titian, and Velázquez.” On the other hand, his creative approach inspired an entirely new style of art: action painting. His departure from traditional art and conventional techniques challenges the audience to question what art really is. How is art defined? And, who judges what is or is not art, good or bad?
Create your own Jackson Pollock painting.