In my opinion, one of the greatest painters of the last century is Jackson Pollock. I don’t know what it is, but when I see a Pollock painting it just stirs all kinds of emotions in me. I remember going to the Tate Modern in London years ago and at the time I had no idea what to expect. I was just walking around in awe at some of the art on display and thinking to myself WTF at other installations. Just meaning there were some things that I just didn’t get.
Not long before I had visited the gallery I had seen the movie with Ed Harris titled ‘Pollock’, which was basically when I fell in love with abstract expressionism and foremost Pollock’s work, so you can imagine how I felt when I walked around the corner and ‘Summertime’ smacked me in the eyeballs.
I remembered the painting from the movie when Pollock posed in front of it for the picture which was included in a feature in ‘Life’ magazine. I think this was probably the first time I had ever been so amazed and moved by any painting or artwork that I had ever seen and I have seen a lot of beautiful paintings.
A second beautiful painting by Pollock is ‘Blue Poles’ when you see it in books and photos, you just don’t realise how big it is. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen this piece and I expect I will never be fortunate enough to get to Australia and see it, but you never know. Here’s a little video about it by the person who looks after the painting.
I suppose seeing ‘Blue Poles’ would be much like seeing ‘Summertime’ which is also a massive painting, with a massive statement. It was after seeing this painting that I knew I had to work on big surfaces myself to be able to express myself properly, so that’s what I do as much as possible. I don’t have space now, but I want a nice big studio one day.