Jack Henry Pollock

Jack Henry Pollock (1 August 1930 – 10 December 1992) was an author, painter, art educator and art dealer who was a fixture on the Toronto art scene for over 3 decades. Pollock was the flamboyant founder and owner of The Pollock Gallery in Toronto. He was widely reputed to have a skilled eye for identifying talent in young artists and was instrumental in the careers of many notable artists that he represented including David Hockney, Susan Ross, Ken Danby, Norval Morrisseau, Roy Thomas, Catherine Senitt, Charles Pachter, Robert Bateman and Willem de Kooning.  Pollock graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1954 and subsequently studied at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art in London, England. Afterwards, he returned to Canada and was employed as a colour consultant for a paint company.  In 1966, the National Gallery of Canada acquired a print of Pollock's “Remembered Image No.82” for its permanent collection.  Pollock's painting styles were abstract and expressionistic. His later works were highly colorful, simple studies of scenes from his everyday life.  In 1979, with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation personality Lister Sinclair, Pollock had written and published one of Canada's most notable art books: The Art of Norval Morrisseau. In April 1984, Pollock was exhausted, depressed and attempting to break free of his addiction to cocaine so he fled to a residence he partially owned with friends located in Gordes, southeastern France. Pollock's choice to refocus on his art led to successful exhibitions. He held exhibitions in Gordes, Marseille and Vichy. During this time, Pollock was corresponding with a Toronto-based psychiatrist. These letters would later become the basis for an autobiographical book. In 1988, Pollock returned to Toronto permanently after experiencing significant heart-related health problems. Upon his return, he learned he had contracted HIV. Ever defiant, he held his first major exhibition in five years at the Brownstone Hotel.

Night Sounds
Oil on Paper
Triptych - each sheet 28" x 20"
circa 1984