Each of these paintings is a uniquely created ‘abstract’ world. I aim to bring new aesthetic objects into being, into the world, which have character, meaning and ongoing value. I want to create work that continues to give the viewer an ongoing enriching relationship.
These are a few of my guiding principles:
1. I make abstract art as its potential is yet to be fully realized.
2. My ideal is to make abstract painting that is as full of complex visual content as the best of figurative art (e.g. Tintoretto, Constable, Cezanne, Matisse).
3. I generally work without any preconceived ideas. I will do more looking and thinking than actual painting.
4. The freedom of the art object: the artwork has both an existence in itself and as something whose meaning and value can be unconcealed by each viewer.
5. The death of the artist: the artist has no special insight into the value of their work (think for yourself).
John Pollard studied art at West Sussex College of Art and Design and Philosophy at the University of Essex. He lives in Bury St. Edmunds and is part of a group of abstract artists that take part in the Brancaster Chronicles: discussions of exhibitions of abstract art that are filmed and posted online (https://branchron.com/category/john-pollard/). He is also a Counsellor in private practice with an interest in existential philosophy.