Jackson Pollock Quotes


Energy and motion made visible "? memories arrested in space

I have no fear of making changes destroying the image etc. because the painting has a life of its own.

It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.

Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.

The pictures I contemplate painting would constitute a halfway state and attempt to point out the direction of the future - without arriving there completely

A method of painting is a natural growth out of a need. I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.

It [abstract art] should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed after a while you may like it or you may not.

Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you....

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 don't use the accident - 'cause I deny the accident

I can control the flow of paint: there is no accident.

There is no accident just as there is no beginning and no end.

I am doubtful of any talent so whatever I choose to be will be accomplished only by long study and work

The secret of success is"¦ to be fully awake to everything about you.

When I am painting I have a general notion as to what I am about. I can control the flow of paint: there is no accident.

When I am in my painting I'm not aware of what I'm doing.

The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.

A canvas is an arena in which to act.

When I'm painting I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It's only after a get acquainted period that I see what I've been about. I've no fears about making changes for the painting has a life of its own.

My paintings do not have a center but depend on the same amount of interest throughout.

Modern art to me is nothing more than the expression of contemporary aims of the age that we're living in.

I continue to get further away from the usual painter's tools such as easel palette brushes etc.

He drove his kind of realism at me so hard I bounced right into nonobjective painting.

Art is coming face to face with yourself.

People have always frightened and bored me consequently I have been within my own shell.

Something in me knows where I'm going and - well painting is a state of being. ... Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

A real friend is someone you say a sentence to and they know ten thousand words behind that sentence.

Painting is a state of being.

I don't work from drawings. I don't make sketches and drawings and color sketches into a final painting.

My painting does not come from the easel.

My concern is with the rhythms of nature I work inside out like nature.

I hardly ever stretch the canvas before painting.

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.

How do you know when you're finished making love?

It doesn't matter how the paint is put on as long as something is said.

Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.

The modern artist is working with space and time and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.

I want to express my feelings not illustrate them.

I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them.

The modern artist... is working and expressing an inner world - in other words - expressing the energy the motion and other inner forces.

I'm very representational some of the time and a little all of the time. But when you're painting out of your unconscious figures are bound to emerge.

The process is only a means to an end-creating the painting I want. It doesn't mean anything itself. It's only a way of creating a result.

On the floor I am more at ease

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.

The painting has a life of its own

I do not paint nature. I am nature.

I don't paint nature. I am nature.

My opinion is that new needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements.

The painter locks himself out of his own studio. And then has to break in like a thief.

In response to the question 'How do you know when you're finished?' Pollock replied 'How do you know when you're finished making love?

A man's life is his work; his work is his life.

Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within.

Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within.

As to what I would like to be it is difficult to say. An artist of some kind. If nothing else I shall always study the Arts.

Painting is no problem. The problem is what to do when you're not painting.

You can't learn techniques and then try to become a painter. Techniques are a result.

Bums are the well-to-do of this day. They didn't have as far to fall.