Affirmation, Reginald Pollack Abstract Expressionist Oil Masonite Multicolor
Oil on Masonite painting by late American Artist Reginald Pollack. It has a 1/4" to 3/8" white masonite border. This painting is from the artist's personal collection, and is being offered for sale in consultation with his family.
Pollack's painted using oil on masonite (and sometimes pencil/marker) to create his imaginative hyper-layered works of faces, "Poglins" and swirls. The Poglins were named as combination of Pollack's own name and the "goblin-like" creatures that inhabit his works. His creations are truly a multi-layered, sometimes "Bosch-like" approach to conveying the meaning he was imparting to his audience. Spending time with one of his works is an adventure in finding new figures and feelings.
B. 1924 - 2001
Reginald Pollack was an identical twin born of Jewish parents who came to the United States from Hungary. His father, who was a tailor at Lord & Taylor in New York City, took the twins to the Metropolitan Museum every weekend.
After graduating from the High School of Music and Art Reginald served in the Second World War, in the Ski Troops of the 87th Mountain Division, and participated in the invasion of Kiska in the Aleutian Island and the greater South Pacific.
After the war and a few years developing window displays in New York City, Reginald traveled to Paris using the GI Bill to support himself and to pursued his ambition of becoming a painter. He was fortunate enough to find a studio at Impasse Ronsin wall to wall with Constantin Brancusi, the famous Rumanian sculptor, who became his mentor. During his 12 year stay in France Reginald attended Academie de la Grand Chaumiere and restored two little houses in Provence, before returning to the USA.
Reginald developed as a painter and sculptor, had exhibits, was a visiting critic of art and became interested in Jungian philosophy. After moving back to New York City he met and married Kerstin Binns, a Swedish-Danish Diplomat. In 1996 they spent two years north of Burbank, CA, and in 1998 moved to Palm Springs, CA, where Reginald painted and sculpted the last years of his life.
Pollack's paintings are in many prominent museums and private collections, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vincent Price Gallery & Art Museum, Museum of Modem Art and Palm Springs Art Museum.
Reginald Pollack's works are part of some of the most prestigious public and private art collections around the world, including:
Museum of Modern Art
National Museum of American Art
Stanford University Museum of Art
Museum of Haifa
University of Glasgow
Metropolitan Museum of Art
UC Santa Cruz
Skirball Cultural Center & Museum
Worcester Art Museum
Collection de L'Etat
Prix Neuman, Paris, 1952
Prix des Peintres Etrangers, Paris, 1958
Prix Orthon Friesz Award, Paris, 1954-1957
Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant for Painting, 1964 & 1970
Art Institute of Chicago
Ecole de Paris
Museum of Modern Art
National Institute of Arts and Letter
PA Academy of Fine Arts
Print Council of America
Salon de Mai, Paris, France
University of Illinois
University of Nebraska Gallery
Whitney Museum of American Art
Washington Project for the Arts
Palm Springs Art Museum
Charles Forth Gallery, NYC
Peridot Gallery, NYC
Galerie Saint Placide, Paris, France
Peter Deitsch Gallery, NYC
Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Gumps Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Jefferson Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Goldwatch Gallery, Chicago, IL
Rose Gallery, Leesburg, VA
Gallery Z, Beverly Hills, CA
Hall Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
Rubine Red Gallery, Palm Springs, CA