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Artist Inspiration: Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter and leader of the abstract expressionist art movement. His style is often referred to as splatter or drip painting, and he normally painted with his canvases on the floor, dripping liquid paint onto them from above. His painting technique involved using his entire body, then dripping and pouring paint, which would flow onto the canvas in coordination with the movements of his body. It is thought to be one of the origins of the term “action painting.”

Pollock’s work is often controversial, but he has undoubtedly left a lasting impression on the art world and on pop culture, inspiring “splatter paint” fashion, furniture and interior design. Pollock’s drip technique is often imitated and used as inspiration for other projects.

So how can you bring artist inspiration into your home?

Accessories such as vases and pillows might be fun to DIY drip paint, particularly if you’re afraid of making too large a commitment to splatter painting. Targeted splatter painting can enliven a piece of furniture, and can even look sophisticated and posh.

If you’re not up to finding your inner Pollock and splatter painting around your house, you can look for drip-paint inspired wallpaper, rugs and other furniture, which is becoming increasingly popular.

Do you take inspiration for décor around your home from pop culture references or artists? Do you favor more traditional colors and paintings, or do you like abstract, expressionist art?