To honour the centennial of the world famous impressionist painter Jackson Pollock’s birth, we take a look at the importance of his work.

In a well-known 1952 article in ARTnews, the art critic Harold Rosenberg coined the term “action painting,” and wrote that “what was to go on the canvas was not a picture but an event… The gesture on the canvas was a gesture of liberation from value — political, aesthetic, moral.” Many people assumed that he had modeled his “action painter” paradigm on Jackson Pollock.

In 1945, Pollock began painting with his canvases laid out on the studio floor, and he developed what was later called his “drip” technique, turning to synthetic resin-based paints, which at that time, was a novel medium. By defying the convention of painting on an upright surface, he added a new dimension by being able to view and apply paint to his canvases from all directions.

London-based artist Swarez cites Pollock as his main influence, which is easy to see. He explains how: “One of the joys of drip painting is to take apparent chaos and randomness and turn it into a spectacle and triumph of colour and form. If you can get that, complete with an obsessive attention to detail then you’re going to produce something truly inspiring”.

Someone who uses a similar technique to Pollock is British artist Paul Kenton. Like the impressionist painters before him, Kenton strives for his paintings to create a mood, evoke a feeling or reflect a myriad of emotions; with free shapes, mixed media, dripped lines and colour. Kenton’s technique is extremely free and unplanned, forgoing sketching and planning in favour of the immediacy of diving into the heart of the painting.

On Hawkins and Lanza (cont'd)


Another couple things I remember they have always stuck out for me.

Adam’s rampage was in December like Robert’s (in fact, it was just over a week past the anniversary of the latter’s shooting).

And this one is important - Adam shot himself in the back of the head. How many people do this when committing suicide? It’s unique, for sure. According to all reports (note - I’ve never seen an official full report for the Westroads attack), Hawkins shot himself in the back of the head too, apparently. The only exception to this that I’ve seen is the crime scene description provided by a first responder via Gabe Swarez (another police officer), which says Hawkins shot himself beneath his chin. So either virtually all of the other available reports were given by witnesses that erroneously concluded Hawkins shot himself from behind; in reality maybe they just saw an exit wound in the back of his head. I recall a witness stating she saw the shooter lying down or slumped against the customer service desk with no color in his face, as if it had drained completely (the color, and his blood). As the report I posted also said, there was an inch-thick pool of coagulated blood around Hawkins’ head. Gnarly.

Hawkins suicide

Nice work. I guess the Gabe Swarez report was correct then about under the chin. How does one shoot themselves with an AK47 in the back of the head while seated? Tricky stuff. I still think everything else still applies (regarding Hawkins’ influence on Lanza).