Artist Profile ProjectThis ten (10) page assignment is worth 100 points.Artists often produce work that reflect events and obstacles in their personal lives. Learning about these influences can help a viewer to see an artist’s work from an entirely different perspective. Biographical details such as place of residence, marriages, children and employment can alter our view of an artist’s work, as well as make them seem more like ourselves. In this assignment you will select an artist to research and create a profile of their personal life as well as their professional accomplishments. This is less like writing a paper and more like making a visual scrapbook. I want to learn about the artist but I also want to SEE their work.Instructions:1. Research to gather the necessary materials and information to complete the assignment.2. Lay out and design each page to make sure you include all the necessary items.3. Remember to concentrate on visual information as well as text.4. Follow the format – piece together the pages of your project as detailed below:page 1: cover page – introduce the artists full name- provide a photo of the artist- include a visual sample of this artists work- include your name and the class information at the bottom of the pagepage 2: biographical data- detail where and when the artist was born – include a map showing the location of birthplace- identify where and when the artist died – if they are not dead, identify where they now livepage 3: artistic education- explain how and where the artist learned their art skills- identify if they were professionally trained, apprenticed, self-taught, etc.- show samples of their work, especially if it shows how it changed over timepage 4: public appeal – explain what makes this artist famous (artistically or behaviorally)- include a visual sample of their workpage 5: artistic mediums – show a visual selection of this artists work- search for examples of different styles and mediumspage 6: controversy/infamy/notoriety- identify if there is anything controversial about this artists work- explain the details of the controversy and provide visual samples (some artists are known for their outrageous behavior as much as their art)page 7: see the work in person- identify where a person could go to see this artists work today- look for museums, traveling exhibits, private collections 8: influence- detail how the work of this artist has influenced others- what do artists, historians, and members of the public say about their work?- was the artist famous in life or better known after their death?page 9: valuation – identify the monetary value of this artists work- find an example of an auction or insurance value assigned to a work- identify where it sold, for how much, and who bought it (if possible)- provide a visual of the specific piece- include a personal critique of the artists work (what you like/dislike)page 10: sources/references- list all the sources you used to acquire the information for this project- include the ENTIRE address or URL for websites- you must identify where images came from- provide context for all sources used: books, websites, pictures, etc.Reminders:While we tend to turn to the internet for all our research needs, don’t forget there are wonderful resources in the campus library. Also look for alternative source material at sites like YouTube – there are many documentaries made about art and artists that might be helpful in your search for information.Be Creative:- include images/visuals on every page- use colored fonts and creative layouts- strive to create an experience, not just a written essay- details and effort will be considered in grading* Dont forget to look at the sample project.RUBRIC:When grading your projects, I will be looking at the details and the overall finished results of your work. Pay attention to the instructions. Omitted items and incomplete data will cause points to be deducted. The following breakdown illustrates how I will assess your artist profile project.+10 / -10  Details about artist are accurately portrayed +10 / -10  Artist’s work is effectrively showcased in images on all pages+10 / -10  Profile successfully relates history of artist +10 / -10  Project is appropriately formatted and designed +10 / -10 Manuscript is complete – all required materials are present +10 / -10 Each page contains appropriate information and attention to detail +10 / -10 Finished project has professional finish and polished appearance +10 / -10 Student demonstrates sufficient effort in completing profile+20 / -20  List of sources are correctly annotatedSample Artist Profile Project
An American painter best known for
his abstract expressionist works.
Number 8, 1949
Leslie Berry
HUMI 16 – Winter 2013
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On January 28th in 1912, Paul Jackson Pollock was born in Cody,
Wyoming. The youngest of five sons, he grew up in Arizona and
California as his family moved around the west. Constantly seeking
attention, he became a troubled young man, eventually expelled from
school. His tendency toward violence and alcohol abuse punctuated
his life.
Jackson Pollock as a young
boy, feeding ducks on the
family farm.
During the course of his professional life, Pollock was as well-known
for his outrageous drunken behavior as he was for his startling
artistic production.
Unable to cope with his addictions and volatile nature, he often
exhibited self-destructive behavior. He died in an alcohol-related,
single car crash less than a mile from his home in Springs, New
York, also killing one of
the other two passengers
in the car.
The accident occurred at
10PM on August 11, 1956.
He was only 44 years old.
Jackson Pollocks grave
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Pollock’s artistic education began at home,
learning about art and process from his mother.
Later his interests were stoked by his studies at
the Los Angeles Manual Arts High School. After
graduating in 1930, he followed his brother
Charles, an accomplished artist, to New York City
where he began studying alongside Charles under
the tutelage of Thomas Hart Benton at the Art
Students League of New York.
This combination of professional
training and personal exposure to
Benton’s experience provided
Pollock with excellent art skills. His
situation in New York changed
dramatically after a violent episode
with his brother’s family forced him
out of the household.
Going West
The She-Wolf
Pollock went on to be
employed as an artist
by the Work Progress
Administration (WPA)
from 1935 to 1943.
During his years in the
Federal Art Project he
produced a great
many works, but
despite his success as
an artist, he continued
to drink and the alcohol took a toll on his health and his personal
and professional relationships.
Ironically, it is not these
works for which he is best
known today, but rather, the
drip or splatter paintings of
his later career.
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Pollock’s public appeal came about
primarily as the result of an expose in
Life Magazine. Although he had
experienced success prior to the
article, this thrust him into the
limelight of the public eye.
Pollock was introduced to the use of
liquid paint in 1936 and he developed
this interest into a new technique. The
most famous period for his paintings are those made during the
drip period between 1947 and 1950.
In his studio in Springs, he began painting with
his canvases laid out on the studio floor, and
developed what was later called his drip
The drip
required paint
with a fluid
viscosity so Pollock turned to then
new synthetic resin-based paints,
called alkyd enamels. He used
hardened brushes, sticks and even
basting syringes as paint
Pollocks technique of pouring
and dripping paint is thought to
be one of the origins of the term
action painting.
A 1956 Time Magazine article
dubbed Pollock Jack the
Dripper as a result of his unique
painting style.
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Pollock’s preferred medium was paint. His paintings changed style
over the decades he produced work, but there is a thread which
connects them visually.
Male and Female (1942)
The Key (1946)
Easter and
the Totem
Lavender Mist
Number 1 (1950)
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Pollocks work has been the
focus of many critical debates.
In a famous 1952 article in
ARTnews, Harold Rosenberg
coined the term action painting,
and wrote that what was to go
on the canvas was not a picture
but an event.”
Some artists saw Pollocks work
as the best painting of its day and
the culmination of the Western
tradition. Others claimed to be
“astonished that decorative and
essentially brainless wallpaper,
could gain a position in art history
alongside the greats.”
One 1959 headline said, This is not art — its a joke in bad taste.
Regardless of the controversy, there
were those who found value in his work.
After his death, his wife Lee Krasner,
established a foundation in honor of her
late husband that continues to sponsor
young artists of note.
Pollock struggled with
alcoholism, his professional
success, and the intense
controversy over his work.
Today his art continues to
produce dialogue and create
discussion in the art world.
Withhold judgment until you
see his work in person.
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Jackson Pollock’s work is found in many of the world’s finest
museums and private collections, including:
 The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
 The Museum of Modern Art, New York
 Neuberger Museum, State University of New York
 Collection Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
 The Art Institute of Chicago
 Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
 Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki
 The Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Jackson Pollock blazed an
astonishing trail for other
Abstract Expressionist
painters to follow.
De Kooning once famously
said, “Pollock broke the ice,
an enigmatic phrase
suggesting that Jackson
Pollock showed through his
production, what art could
Pollock did more than shatter the
primacy of representational art he kicked the easel out from
under the frame and transformed
painting technique forever.
His exploration of innovative
technique and application of new
mediums has influenced new
generations of art students, art
critiques, and the general public
as a whole.
The Life Magazine profile introduced
his art to a nationwide audience and
cemented his growing reputation as
the foremost modern painter of his
generation, but this notoriety was
both a blessing and a curse for
Pollock. After his death, Lee
Krasner’s smart management of his
legacy and estate ensured that Pollocks reputation remained strong
in spite of changing art-world trends.
Already well-known during his life, today he is quite famous and his
artwork is considered very valuable, bringing large monetary offers
when it appears at auction.
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No. 12, 1949
auctioned on May 2004
No. 4, 1951
auctioned on November 2012
Pollock’s work fascinates me because
many first-time viewers dismiss it as
something their toddler could do how difficult can it be to fling paint?
But the longer you look, the more
interesting it becomes. His work is
complex, multi-layered and intricate.
I’m not the only one to think so.
Seeing his work in person, I find the
scale overwhelming and the
intertwining of delicate lines of color
is intriguing. I feel that if I could stare
long enough, I might see what he saw.
No. 5, 1948
auctioned on November 2006
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Jackson Pollock Sources
Information and images were obtained from the following sites:
Jackson Pollock, the Artist
Moderna Museet
Jackson Pollock
Pollock, a Tribute
Jackson Pollock Biography
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Web Museum of Paris
The Complete Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock, 51 – YouTube

Archives of American Art
Decoding Jackson Pollock
Guggenheim Collection\%20Pollock
MOMA: The Collection, Jackson Pollock

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