Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.— Jackson Pollock
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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.
Art is coming face to face with yourself.
It doesn't matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.
The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.
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.
Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you.
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.
You can't learn techniques and then try to become a painter. Techniques are a result.
I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc.
, because the painting has a life of its own.
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.
A canvas is an arena in which to act.
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.
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.
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.
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?
The painting has a life of its own
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.
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.
Every good painter paints what he is.
The modern artist... is working and expressing an inner world - in other words - expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.
The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.
When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing.
It [abstract art] should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed after a while you may like it or you may not.
He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into nonobjective painting.
Modern art to me is nothing more than the expression of contemporary aims of the age that we're living in.
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.
My paintings do not have a center, but depend on the same amount of interest throughout.
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.
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.
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.
The painter locks himself out of his own studio. And then has to break in like a thief.
The pictures I contemplate painting would constitute a halfway state and attempt to point out the direction of the future - without arriving there completely
On the floor I am more at ease.
I hardly ever stretch the canvas before painting.
Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.
I continue to get further away from the usual painter's tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc.
Something in me knows where I’m going, and - well, painting is a state of being. ... Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.
I am doubtful of any talent, so whatever I choose to be, will be accomplished only by long study and work
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.
My opinion is that new needs need new techniques.
And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements.
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
How do you know when you're finished making love?
I don't use the accident - 'cause I deny the accident
With experience it seems to be possible to control the flow of paint, to a great extent, and I don't use - I don't use the accident - 'cause I deny the accident... it's quite different from working, say, from a still life where you set up objects and work directly from them. I do have a general notion of what I'm about and what the results will be. I approach painting in the same sense as one approaches drawing, that is, it's direct.
I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them.
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.
Painting is no problem. The problem is what to do when you're not painting.