In Jackson Pollock's drip paintings, as in nature, certain patterns are repeated again and again at various levels of magnification. Such fractals have varying degrees of complexity (or fractal dimension, called D), ranked by mathematicians on a series of scales of 0 to 3. A straight line (fig. D=1) or a flat horizon, rank at the bottom of a scale, whereas densely interwoven drips (fig. D=1.8) or tree branches rank higher up. Fractal patterns may account for some of the lasting appeal of Pollock's work. They also enable physicist Richard Taylor to separate true Pollocks from the drip paintings created by imitators and forgers. Early last year, for instance, an art collector in Texas asked Taylor to look at an unsigned, undated canvas suspected to be by Pollock. When Taylor analyzed the painting, he found that it had no fractal dimension and thus must have been by another artist.
Preview and purchase
After many weeks of work and revisions, my new book, Painting Nature, is finally published, and I'm really pleased! This is a beautiful 8x10 in. coffee table book, available in hardcover or softcover. The hardcover has a glossy, heavy weight paper dust jacket that includes two additional paintings and inspirational text on the front and back flaps. Inside you'll find thirty-one, large, full color luminous landscapes to enjoy. I ordered a copy for myself to give it a good once over before I offered it for sale and it has passed with flying colors. Just click above and you can see a 15 page preview of the book and order if you're so inclined. There will be a permanent link in the top of the sidebar, to make ordeing easy.