Upon first glance at a Don Pollack's painting, you might just mistake it for a photograph. By referencing documentary daguerreotypes, Pollack uses references to technology to question man's environmental urbanization. In these highly realistic landscapes there is a twist, an element of uncertainty populating his classical representations of nature.
Within Pollack's highly glossed paintings are representations of nature as a force that cannot be contained or defined by human constructs. In his work, nature always manages to insinuate an element of the untamable and the unexpected into human attempts to impose meaning and order upon it. Pollack is concerned with the validity of painting in a modern world of digital simulations. His new series of paintings cleverly combines his realist, romantic style with conceptualist undertones that more often permeate this post-modern society.
Born in 1958, in Chicago, Illinois, Don Pollack received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois and his Masters of Fine Arts from Ohio State University. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout North America. Since 1986, Don Pollack has been teaching art at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, Illinois.