The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock, Number 20, 1950

Jackson Pollock (American, 1912-1956)
Number 20, 1950 1950
Oil on Masonite game board
Gift of Edward Joseph Gallagher Jr.

Pollock worked in a non-traditional manner, placing his canvases or boards on the floor and pouring, splattering, and sprinkling paint all across the surface. He once said, “When I am painting, I’m not aware of what I am doing.” Have you ever experienced this feeling when doing something? While Pollock claimed each painting had a life of its own, when you take more time to look at this painting you can see that many of his choices were quite deliberate, creating patterns and rhythm.

Pollock often worked on a massive scale but this particular painting is small because it was created on the back of a game board—the Autograph Baseball Game from 1948.