Pollock Studio Bass poster





Jackson Pollock’s dynamic painting style has inspired musicians in diverse genres. From minimalist composer Morton Feldman, free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman and soprano sax virtuoso Jane Ira Bloom to British rockers The Stone Roses, Japanese singer-songwriter Tatsuya Ishii, and American rapper Lil Wayne, they identify with Pollock’s audacious, action-packed creativity. His process was like a performance, and his art has often been compared to music.

Now musical artists can tap directly into Pollock’s energy when they play the ultra-cool limited edition Jackson Pollock Studio Guitar or Jackson Pollock Studio Bass from Waterstone Musical Instruments of Nashville.

Pollock’s studio was a converted barn, where he spread his canvas out flat and danced around it, using rhythmic gestures to apply vivid colors that often spilled over the edges onto the floor. After visiting the studio in East Hampton, New York, Waterstone president Robert Singer got the idea of using a detail of the paint-spattered floor to decorate the face of a special line of instruments. As Singer sees it, “Pollock’s canvas caught the moment, but the floor documents the high point of an artist who changed the way people interpret expression. To me, that’s the legacy of this project.”

The Jackson Pollock Studio Guitar and Studio Bass will each retail for $1,500, including a hardshell case and a certificate of authenticity. They may be ordered at pollockguitar.com. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, the museum that was the home of Pollock and his wife, painter Lee Krasner, where the original Pollock studio floor is on display. You can see it at pkhouse.org.

“Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner are iconic figures in the world of art and culture,” says Singer. “Waterstone is very excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center through the production of these unique instruments.” For more information, contact Singer at rjsinger@me.com.

Dedicated to “the art of performance,” Waterstone has been designing top quality, highly rated electric guitars and basses with a vintage look and feel since 2002. Their full line of instruments is at modguitars.com. Among the celebrated international artists who play Waterstone guitars are Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) and Pat Smear (Foo Fighters), and bassists Georg Hólm (Sigur Rós), Tom Petersson (Cheap Trick), Robbie Harrington (Ronnie Dunn) and Bruce Foxton (The Jam, Stiff Little Fingers).


Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937

631-324-4929             www.pkhouse.org

Helen A. Harrison, Director