Visual Arts- Practice

Discuss how the techniques of practice that artists use, enable them to be identified as members of particular groups, styles or movements in the artworld.

To be identified as members of groups, styles or movements in the artworld, an artist must hold a certain set of skills or techniques which differentiates   their work and places it into one of these catagories. Jackson Pollock, Brett Whiteley and Cllaude Monet are all examples of artists whom have particular painting styles or techniques which causes them to be identified as part of these catagories.

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Jackson Pollock, an American painter born in 1912 has an expressive form and tecnique of painting which causes him to be catagorised as an ‘Abstract Expressionist’ artists. His 1952 painting ‘Blue Poles (number ,11 1952) is an example of his unique painting technique. The painting is enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas and even its size is a defining factor of pollocks art making practice. The painting is just over two meters in height and just inder five meters in width, the large scale enables Pollock to stand above his painting anf use the rhythm of his bodies movements as he throws paint on the canvas.

“when I am painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing… I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image,etc, because the painting has a life of its own… 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 the painting comes out well.”     Insert quote source

Pollocks statement proves his connection with he artwork, and it is because of this physical connection and his technique that he was identified as an ‘action painter’.

Brett Whiteley is an Australian artist born in 1939 whom, due to his choice of materials, painting style and presentation of his works has been associated with Surrealism and abstraction. Whiteley has also been identified as avant garde...