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Spontaneity in art

When I was thinking about the subject of spontaneity, an artist immediately came to mind - Jackson Pollock – I had seen a video of him creating one of his action paintings and it had made a lasting impression. Pollock worked to express his feelings rather than illustrate them

Watch this short video of his life and technique and aim.

Jackson Pollock | LONG STORY SHORT

Abstract Expressionism was a concept that gained momentum post World War 2. It was characterized by a myriad of brushstrokes, drips, splatters and occasionally the injection of mixed media. The abstract expressionists focused primarily on capturing their current mental state, impressions, feelings and moods, thoughts or attitude and sought to make their art seem spontaneous.

The connection between emotions and art has also been used in therapy. Spontaneous Painting is painting intuitively without having an image or model to paint from, where the result comes from a spontaneous play with the paint, the colours and texture. Most importantly, each brush or finger stroke comes from a direct response to an inner directive, not from an aesthetic standard.

This idea of expressing ones feelings is developed in a new form or style of abstract expressionism called Spontaneous Emotional Ejection or S.E.E. Again it is spontaneous in creation without forethought of subjectivity or objectivity. It is what it ends up being within spontaneous creativity. The art produced is a record of what the artist is feeling at the time Artists make choices about colour, line, texture, and composition to evoke or express their varied feelings.

To learn more about this spontaneous style why not read the following articles:

Jackson Pollock and Spontaneous Emotional Ejection

What Abstract Expressionism Can Teach You about Your Heart

The Brave Message in Spontaneous Confidence, Colour and Humility


Marie Bajnarová

Spontaneity in Art

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