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

โ€” Jackson Pollock

The most delicious Jackson Pollock quotes to discover and learn by heart

The secret of success isโ€ฆ to be fully awake to everything about you.

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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.

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Art is coming face to face with yourself.

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It doesn't matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.

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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.

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

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Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you.

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The modern artist is living in a mechanical age and we have a mechanical means of representing objects in nature such as the camera and photograph. The modern artist, it seems to me, is working and expressing an inner world - in other words - expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.

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You can't learn techniques and then try to become a painter. Techniques are a result.

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I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc.

, because the painting has a life of its own.

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It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.

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A canvas is an arena in which to act.

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About Jackson Pollock

Quotes 76 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Artist
Birthday October 16

It seems to me that 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. Each age find its own technique.

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I continue to get further away from the usual painter's tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc. I prefer sticks, trowels, knives and dripping fluid paint or a heavy impasto with sand, broken glass or other foreign matter added.

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I've been thinking of death a lot, and I am amazed by its inevitability, frightened, as we all are, of the totally unknown, and yet feel a long sleep is somehow earned by those of us who live on the edge.

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In response to the question, 'How do you know when you're finished?' Pollock replied, 'How do you know when you're finished making love?

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The painting has a life of its own

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On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting.

17

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.

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Every good painter paints what he is.

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

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

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

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It [abstract art] should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed after a while you may like it or you may not.

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

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Modern art to me is nothing more than the expression of contemporary aims of the age that we're living in.

9

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.

9

The painter locks himself out of his own studio. And then has to break in like a thief.

5

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.

5

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.

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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.

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

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The pictures I contemplate painting would constitute a halfway state and attempt to point out the direction of the future - without arriving there completely

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Something in me knows where Iโ€™m going, and - well, painting is a state of being. ... Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

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On the floor I am more at ease.

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Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.

3

I hardly ever stretch the canvas before painting.

3

I continue to get further away from the usual painter's tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc.

3

I am doubtful of any talent, so whatever I choose to be, will be accomplished only by long study and work

3

Technic is the result of a need new needs demand new technics total control denial of the accident States of order organic intensity energy and motion made visible memories arrested in space, human needs and motives acceptance

2

I've had a period of drawing on canvas in black - with some of my early images coming thru -, think the non-objectivists will find them disturbing - and the kids who think it simple to splash a 'Pollock' out.

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My opinion is that new needs need new techniques.

And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements.

2

How do you know when you're finished making love?

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My painting does not come from the easel.

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I don't use the accident - 'cause I deny the accident

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I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them.

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As to what I would like to be, it is difficult to say.

An artist of some kind. If nothing else I shall always study the Arts.

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Painting is no problem. The problem is what to do when you're not painting.

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The process is only a means to an end-creating the painting I want.

It doesn't mean anything itself. It's only a way of creating a result.

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