Born 1912 in Cody, Wyoming, USA
Died 1956 in Springs-EastHampton, New York, USA
In contrast to the mythic image of Pollock at work in his studio, pouring paint onto
large scale canvases with wild and spontaneous gestures, his prints portray him
as a methodical and deliberate worker who painstakingly experimented in small
scale on paper.
Examining a little-known aspect of the celebrated artist‘s career The Museum of
Modern Art, New York, comprised nearly thirty works, a notable range of Pollock‘s
exceedingly rare prints in 1999.
Most of the works featured in the exhibition were unique or known only in a few
examples, including six works from a series of screen prints found in 1984, now
part of the Museum‘s collection. These important works, which were neither
documented nor shown publicly until 1995, provided remarkable insight into the
artist‘s working method and creative process.
As one of the few Abstract Expressionists to work in printmaking at periods
throughout his career, Pollock began making lithographs in the 1930s that were
realist in style and largely influenced by his teacher, Thomas Hart Benton.