The term action painters is applied to artists working from the 1940s until the early 1960s whose approach to painting emphasized the physical act of painting as an essential part of the finished work
- Introduction to action painters
- Jackson Pollock in focus
- Arshile Gorky in focus
- Action painters for kids
Their process, involved splashing, using gestural brushstrokes and dripping paint onto canvas rather than carefully applying it. The term ‘action painting’ was coined by Harold Rosenberg in his groundbreaking articleThe American Action Painters published in ARTnews in December 1952.
Jackson Pollock in focus
Pollock is regarded as one of the most influential and provocative American artists of the twentieth century. Pollock famous painting process saw him drip paint on canvases resting on the studio floor.
Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots
This exhibition which is on display at Tate Liverpool in 2015 takes visitors on a journey of Pollock’s career. Read the exhibition text and find which artworks were on display.
Jackson Pollock: 5 Things
Here are five things you might not have known about Pollock.
Jackson Pollock: Separating Man from Myth
This feature addresses and dispels some of the folklore that has grown up around this ground-breaking artist’s life and times.
Jackson Pollock’s Summertime: Number 9A
Read our blog post focusing on this iconic anstract expressionist artwork.
Arshile Gorky in focus
I was absolutely stunned by his painting, I had never seen painting like it…some of the paint stood two inches from the canvas.
Agnes ‘Mougouch’ Magruder
Gorky’s wife Agnes ‘Mougouch’ Magruder talks about the life and work of the extraordinary painter, Arshile Gorky in this TateShots video.
This exhibition which was on display at Tate Modern in May 2010 celebrates the extraordinary life and work of Arshile Gorky. Read the room guide and see what artworks were on display.
Atom Egoyan on Arshile Gorky
Independent filmmaker Atom Egoyan talks about a number of his installations and short films that relate to Arshile Gorky’s life and artistic legacy.
Action painters for kids
This blog post and activity are a fun and simple way to introduce action painters to kids, whether in the classroom or at home.
Who is Jackson Pollock?
This Tate Kids blog post explains all whilst stating some pretty impressive facts. Did you know some of his paintings still have footprints on them where he stepped in the paint?
Get kids inspired to make their own drip paintings with this fun activity.