Don Pollack – “Sheltering Sky”, 2007


Don Pollack – “Sheltering Sky”, 2007

Upon first glance at a Don Pollack’s painting, you might just mistake it for a photograph.  Referencing documentary daguerreotypes, Pollack uses allusions to technology to question both the validity of painting in a modern world of digital simulations and humankind’s often tenuous relationship with our environment.

Cleverly combining his realist, romantic style with conceptualist undertones, Pollack questions man’s ongoing environmental urbanization.  Within his highly glossed paintings are representations of nature as a force that cannot be contained nor defined by human constructs.  In Pollack’s world, nature always manages to insinuate an element of the untamable and the unexpected into human attempts to impose meaning and order upon it.

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.

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