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Tom Gurney BSc (Hons) is an art history expert with over 20 years experience
Published on June 19, 2020 / Updated on October 14, 2023
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Jackson Pollock painted the now famous Ocean Greyness painting in 1953. As a work of abstract expressionism, Ocean Greyness was one of the artist's most famous last works, which was painted during the height of his career.

During this time there was lots of controversy regarding expressionist painting, with many in the artistic world believing that only two dimensional and representative paintings were of any merit. Pollock changed this view entirely.

In fact, during the early 50's, Harold Rosenberg praised the quality of such paintings believing that the brushstrokes that could be clearly seen on the canvas, were a representation of the artist's soul and passion.

Ocean Greyness is a vividly striking piece of art, that is bold and evokes many emotions in those who contemplate its beauty. The grey swirls, splattered with reds and yellows, applied with thick brush strokes, adorn the painting with eyes that are hidden amongst them, peeking out at you.

The abstract world is beautifully evoked by the grey 'ocean' which is juxtaposed with the reality of seeing what is in front of you. Many also believe that the eyes looking out from the painting are those of Pollok, who is sat watching the changing expressions of those who view his art.

The painting also creates a sense of unease and of wariness.

The real beauty of Ocean Greyness is that it can evoke many different emotions depending upon the mood of the individual who is observing it.

The shapes within the painting seem to move and morph into different shapes, it is a painting that does not stand still in time. Are the waves rolling? Are the eyes moving?

Is the sandy shore changing colour due to the time of day? This is a painting that grows with the individual. A truly unique work of abstract expressionism.