In the e-book Chapter, 35 the painting by Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) is an interesting work since it portrays simple artistic techniques that are easy to practice and apply. The work is unique because he painted on canvas rather than on a wall like the other artists in his era. As we know, the canvas is portable, and it was wise of him because his paintings could be carried easily. It was a challenge to other painters because their works were stationary and could not be moved from place to another which explained the creativity of Pollock compared to them.
The second best painting in the e-book is by Mark Rothko (1903-1970) who introduced color-field painting strategy. It is a technique that has been outstanding for long in the field of art because it portrays some uniqueness in his works. It has been evident by the visibility of the paintings because of the color that he used to pass particular information concerning the Second World War.
Jackson Pollock was born in Cody Wyoming in 1912 by Stella May and Leroy Pollock. He was the youngest in a family of five, in which the other siblings were born in different places. Jackson schooled in Los Angeles Manual Arts high school where he exploited his abilities in his artistic work during his young age. Later in1930, he moved to New York where he enrolled in Art students League New York where he perfected his talent. In his life in art school, he was one of the best students, and he won many awards in different school based competitions. He was an Icon in the society because he acted as a role model for many artists in New York, California, which was his home city and in entire United States of America. He married Krasner to be his companion and to start a family with her. During the Second World War, United States of America was affected by the activities that took place. Many deaths were evident and destruction of property which led to the decline of the country’s economy potential.
Mark Rothko was born in Dvinsk, Vitebsk Governorate in Russia, in a family of four which he was the last born. His father was known as Jacob, who later moved to United States of America in search of a job. Mark later joined him in America where he was employed as a Waiter in some hotels. In 1923, while in New York he started is a mission in Artistic works by enrolling in Art Student League of New York where he exploited his full potential in painting. He really did well in his studies and many of his works were recognizable by the institutions that he attended and the artistic competitions that he was engaged in where he won many awards as the best student in the faculty. Many of his paintings were placed in the country’s museums for historical purpose. His country was negatively affected by the world war and the cold war at the same time because many nations in the world stood by the United States of America’s ideology of capitalism. Many Russians died during the world war and property worth a lot of money was destroyed. It led to the poor economic status of the country as a whole.
The artistic works of Jackson Pollock were unique and reflected many creativeness’s in by the techniques that he used to pass important information to the world. It is evident by the ways in which he designed them in order to be historical in nature. Specifically he introduced painting on canvas rather than on the wall as compared to other artists in his era. It was encouraging because the canvases were portable, and it allowed his clients to carry the paintings to different places without any complications. As we know this is a good idea when it comes to the marketability of paintings in the current artistic world. It is a strategy that should be incorporated by all artists in order to coop with the modern competitive market. Some unique painting styles are evident in his work whereby it portrays how skilled he was. A course figural style is clearly seen from his painting that declares that Pollock was academically skilled, and he used his knowledge from arts curriculum to design and present his work appropriately. Action painting is a method that is widely used and it was introduced by Pollock, and it has been used up to date. He used to refer to it has daring but later it was termed as action method. His works were presentable because he incorporated some materials that made it visible. For example; he used sand, nails, bottle shards and cigarette butts that portrayed some uniqueness. From his 1950s paintings, there are evident postwar theories based on quantum forces (Emmerling, 2007).
The works of Mark Rothko were influential in the artistic sector in New Yolk where he was able to discover his abilities in painting. He introduced color-field painting strategy in which he used colored paints to make his work presentable. It is an idea that attracted many artistic because his paintings were visible from a distance. Color field painting is an idea that should be used by all painters because it makes the images presentable enough, and it can help them in marketing their products. Mark did not consider the introduction of colored layers in his paintings important than the information that he intended to pass to the world. The paintings reflected tragedy and doom scenarios that occurred during the Second World War, which impacted negatively to the world.
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