Pollack's "Poglins" can be seen in each of his oil paintings, creating layers of faces and bodies with a whimsy and fascinating mix
of swirl and life.
B. 1924 - 2001
Reginald Pollack was an identical twin born of Jewish parents who came to the United States from Hungary. His father, who was a tailor at Lord & Taylor in New York City, took the twins to the Metropolitan Museum every weekend.
After graduating from the High School of Music and Art Reginald served in the Second World War, in the Ski Troops of the 87th Mountain Division, and participated in the invasion of Kiska in the Aleutian Island and the greater South Pacific.
After the war and a few years developing window displays in New York City, Reginald traveled to Paris using the GI Bill to support himself and to pursued his ambition of becoming a painter. He was fortunate enough to find a studio at Impasse Ronsin wall to wall with Constantin Brancusi, the famous Rumanian sculptor, who became his mentor. During his 12 year stay in France Reginald attended Academie de la Grand Chaumiere and restored two little houses in Provence, before returning too the USA.
Reginald developed as a painter and sculptor, had exhibits, was a visiting critic of art and became interested in Jungian philosophy. After moving back to New York City he met and married Kerstin Binns, a Swedish-Danish Diplomat.
In 1996 they spent two years north of Burbank, CA, and in 1998 moved to Palm Springs, CA, where Reginald painted and sculpted the last three years of his life.
Pollack's painted using oil and sometimes pencil or marker to create his imaginative hyper-layered works of faces, "Poglins" and swirls. The Poglins were named as combination of Pollack's own name and the "goblin-like" creatures that inhabit his works. His work is truly a multi-layered, sometimes "Bosch-like" approach to conveying the meaning he was imparting to his audience. Spending time with one of his works is an adventure in finding new figures and feelings.
Pollack's paintings are in many prominent museums and private collections, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vincent Price Gallery & Art Museum, Museum of Modem Art and Palm Springs Art Museum.