You have to do what you love to do, not get stuck in that comfort zone of a regular job. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it.Lucinda Basset
- My painting does not come from the easel. I prefer to tack the unstretched canvas to the hard wall or the floor. I need the resistance of a hard surface. 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.
- Quoted in "Jackson Pollock: is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" Life (1949-08-08), pp.42-45
- 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.
- I am nature.
- As quoted by Lee Krasner in an interview with Dorothy Strickler (1964-11-02) for the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art. In Krasner's words, "When I brought Hofmann up to meet Pollock and see his work which was before we moved here, Hofmann’s reaction was — one of the questions he asked Jackson was, do you work from nature? There were no still lifes around or models around and Jackson’s answer was, 'I am nature.' And Hofmann’s reply was, 'Ah, but if you work by heart, you will repeat yourself.' To which Jackson did not reply at all." The meeting between Pollock and Hofmann took place in 1942.
- My concern is with the rhythms of nature... I work inside out, like nature.
- Quoted in Leonhard Emmerling, Jackson Pollock: 1912-1956 (Taschen, 2003, ISBN 3-822-82132-2), p. 48
- Bill is a good painter but he's a French painter.
- 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 don't work from drawings or colour sketches... I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them... I can control the flow of paint, there is no accident, just as there is no beginning or no end.
- Is this a painting?
- Comment when viewing one of his works
- Painting is my whole life....
- Something in me knows where I'm going, and — well, painting is a state of being.
- Variant: * Painting is a state of being... self-discovery... every good artist paints what he is.
- Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.
- When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It is only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I have been about. I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through. 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.
- Variant: I prefer to tack the canvas to the floor... I can walk around work from the four sides and literally be in the painting... this is akin to the method of the Indians and painters of the West.
Quotes about Pollock
- He broke the ice for the rest of us.
- A dripping wet canvas covered the entire floor. ... There was complete silence. ... Pollock looked at the painting. Then, unexpectedly, he picked up can and paint brush and started to move around the canvas. It was as if he suddenly realized the painting was not finished. His movements, slow at first, gradually became faster and more dance like as he flung black, white, and rust colored paint onto the canvas. He completely forgot that Lee and I were there; he did not seem to hear the click of the camera shutter. ... My photography session lasted as long as he kept painting, perhaps half an hour. In all that time, Pollock did not stop. How could one keep up this level of activity? Finally, he said "This is it."
- Hans Namuth who had arranged to photograph Pollock painting, on Pollock suddenly resuming work on the painting One: No. 31, 1950 after apologizing for having finished it. Quoted in Pollock Painting (1980), and in "The Photos That Changed Pollock's Life" by Sarah Boxer in The New York Times (15 December 1998)
- National Gallery of Art web feature on Pollock includes highlights of his career, numerous examples of the artist's work, photographs and motion footage of Pollock, plus an in-depth discussion of his 1950 painting Lavender Mist.
- Jackson Pollock at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
- Pollock collection on the Guggenheim NY Site
- Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
- Pollock-Krasner Foundation
- Blue Poles at the NGA
- Fractal Expressionism
- The Law and Jackson Pollock
- Jackson Pollock on Museum Web Paris
- "Understanding Abstract Art" by Harley Hahn
- Jackson Pollock, sculpture by Robert Arneson, 1983
- smARThistory: Pollock's One. Number 31, 1950
- "The Photos That Changed Pollock's Life" by Sarah Boxer in The New York Times (15 December 1998)
- Jackson Pollock Simulator