“I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.”
-J Pollock

Action painting is a form of abstract expressionism.

Jackson Pollock is the most celebrated expressionist artist. His style separated himself from others. He removed traditional easels and instead used bare floors. He also practiced rapid brush strokes and pouring paints.

“His method of painting came from his interest in primitive cultures and he was especially fascinated with Native American Navajo sand painters and their method of working. Their works were created on the ground with sand of various colors let loose from the hand. He described his abstraction as an attempt to evoke the rhythmic energy of nature.”


Audiences criticized and praised the work presented by Pollock. Some see it as just drips and spills of paint while others view the canvases filled with interesting and chaotic construction.

Though there is some merit of expressionism in the beginning of Pollock’s work, it raises the question: After how many works of dripped paint does it just become dripped paint?

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