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This is Pollock

Catherine Ingram, illustrations by Peter Arkle


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In 1956 Time magazine referred to Pollock as “Jack the Dripper”. His iconic paintings stretch out with the generosity and scale of scale of the landscape of America’s West where the artist grew up. Pollock said that he painted “out of his consciousness”: the cathartic dribbled paint reflected his troubled mind.

This book traces Pollock’s career and discusses how his loose, individual style was used as a political weapon in the Cold War, representing America as the free, democratic nation. Illustrations simplify the theory and reveal the hidden meaning behind the mesh of painted lines.

Series writer Catherine Ingram brings her extensive knowledge to the book, while specially commissioned illustrations by New York-based illustrator Peter Arkle vividly portray the text.

Catherine Ingram obtained a First Class Honours degree at Glasgow University. After an MA in 19th-Century Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Catherine became a graduate scholar at Trinity College, Oxford. After finishing her D.Phil, she was made a Prize Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford.

A native of Scotland, Peter Arkle lives and works in New York. He creates illustrations for books, magazines, and ads for a wide range of clients, including Amnesty International, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Esquire. He maintains an online gallery at and occasionally publishes the Peter Arkle News, containing stories and drawings about everyday life.