Action Painting

The term ‘Action painting’ is applied to artists working from the 1940’s to early 1960’s whose approach to painting to painting emphasized the physical act of painting as an essential part of the finished work. so called ‘Drip Painting’, the process involved splashing paint using gestural brushstrokes and dripping paint onto the canvas rather than carefully applying it. The paint tends to be built up in layers by this technique and acrylics are often the medium of choice. The term ‘Action painting’ was coined by Harold Rosenberg in an article ‘The American painters published by Art News December 1952. The movement refers to artists which characterized it namely Jackson Pollock, Arshille Gorky, Franz Kline, Willem De Kooning