A purely experimental piece, this is my tribute to 20th centuary abstract artist Jackson Pollock. I really love faces and the story that a person’s face can tell and when I saw a picture of Jackson, I thought he had a very interesting face. It encouraged me to find out more about the man behind the artwork. His story fascinated me. I don’t know, I think I have a weird fascination with the ‘tortured soul syndrome.’
Funny thing is, I am not really a fan of his drip paintings but the artist in me, can totally appreciate how he completely threw off convention and took abstract, where it had never been before. I think, he tried to stay as true to himself as he possibly could.
I particularly like the old adage “a picture can speak a thousand words” and this is something I strive for in my artwork. The subtleties of mood and nuances conveyed in the eyes or facial expression, really gets my juices flowing.
A combination of his face and his story inspired me to do this painting. Everything I have done in this piece, is meant to capture and hopefully honour, who he was.
I had never tried the drip style before (it probably shows :)). His face was painted in oil and the drip was done in enamel.