@Jennifer_Wilkinson Please don’t feel badly about not getting back quickly. There was no due date. I don’t live on the internet. None of us should be hanging on just waiting the next response to our post. There are paintings to paint, minuets to practice, and mountains to climb. Don’t miss it!
Please keep in mind that any claim of one artist being greater than another is subjective. Some people think J.K Rowling is a better writer than Shakespeare. That is all a part of who we are, but studying Shakespeare will give you a better foundation in writing than Rowling will. However; that is an aspect of language and culture that may change.
Jackson Pollock is perhaps my favorite Abstract Expressionist painter, but keep in mind I don’t love the abstract expressionists. These painters got their start during the depression as New York artists in the WPA FAP. The government paid them to paint and expected nothing in return. There were no stipulation on what they did. No one had to like it and it did not have to sell. The artists got paid anyway. They produced a lot work that some say was sold off by the pound at second hand shops.
The important thing to know about Pollack’s work is it is not random. He was not just dripping paint with no artistic expression. I see his paintings as landscapes. He is connecting with patterns he saw in nature and expressed them in a very deliberate intension using action painting. Much of the attraction to these artists was the newness of them. They were different than anything before.
This is an aspect of culture. We are always looking for something new. Paul saw this in the Greeks Acts 17:21 (Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.) Some aspects of our culture doesn’t hold up well over time. Old episodes of Leave it to Beaver or “Gilligan’s Island” are just not that popular any more. However; they still have Shakespeare in the park in NYC and it is always sold out.
Abstract Expressionism is what was new in the 30’s and 40’s. Art has moved on and not really in a good way. After a while it is had to do something new.
There are some Christian artists who are abstractionists. You can find some at CIVA.org. There are also many other organizations. That is just the first I could think of.