Elder of a sibling of five children, Charles is very early interested in the work of Rivera and Orozco, Mexican mural painters. In 1926, he left Los Angeles for New York, where Jackson, his youngest brother, joined him a few years later. They are following the teaching of Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League. Influenced by the latter, Charles devoted himself, for nearly twenty years, to social realism before moving to abstraction in the mid-1940s.
From 1950 to the late 1960s, while still painting, he taught calligraphy, printmaking and graphic design at Michigan State College. Two sabbatical years mark his trajectory and his painting: Mexico, in 1955-56 - it is at the return of this leave, very artistic splendor, that he learns the death of his brother Jackson - and Rome, in 1962-63. In 1971, he moved with his wife and daughter to Paris, where he spent the last seventeen years of his life and died on May 8, 1988.
As early as 1954, Charles Pollock's work oscillates between a certain lyricism and a colorful abstraction close to Color Field. First passionate about calligraphy, which he taught all his life, he draws his inspiration from this discipline, where he affirms his taste for cosmic symbols and hermetic signs with which he adorns his paintings. Then the forms take flight, the color is deep and dense before splashing, bright and poetic.
Recognized on the international stage thanks to a retrospective at the Guggenheim in Venice in 2015, these works of the 1960s are presented, for the first time in Paris, as part of an individual exhibition at the ETC gallery, in close collaboration with the Charles Pollock Archives, led by Sylvia and Francesca Pollock, widow and daughter of the artist.