Did They Use An Original Jackson Pollock Painting In Ex Machina Or A Replica?

Jackson Pollock’s paintings are popular and used in many films; a Jackson Pollock painting can be seen in the film Ex Machina (2014)

The film Ex Machina would have used a copy of the Jackson Pollock painting No 5 (1948); the painting was sold by David Geffen, a Hollywood producer and film studio executive, for over USD 140 million in 2006. Geffen would have sold the painting long before the movie was produced, and no respectable art collector would place such a valuable work of art on a film set or studio.

Ex Machina (2014) – Jackson Pollock No 5 (1948) – Film Would Have Used Replica

Scene At Ex Machina (2014) Featuring The No 5 Jackson Pollock Painting (1)

The Jackson Pollock painting No 5 (1948) used in the movie Ex Machina (2014) would have been a replica. The reason is that this painting had already been sold in 2006 for a considerable sum of money.

Here are some facts about Jackson Pollock No 5 (1948) and why the one used on the movie set would have been a replica or reproduction:

  • Painting Is Worth Over 140 Million Dollars – Jackson Pollock’s painting No 5, 1948, sold in 2006 for $140 million. David Geffen sold it in a private sale. The painting fetched a record price. In 2014 the painting would have been worth more than that amount.
  • The Worth Of The Painting Is Way Over The Entire Movie Budget – The Ex Machina movie budget was only $15 million, and the painting was worth ten times that amount in 2013 (over $140 million); no one would put an original painting of that value on a movie set.
  • Insurance Would Not Insure It On A Movie Set – An valuable painting is usually an investment so that it would be insured. Insurers would not insure it for it to be on a movie set under camera lights and used as a movie prop.
  • The Painting Was Only A Prop – The No 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock was only a prop in the movie and was not crucial for the movie’s success. There is no reason for them to risk the painting getting stolen or destroyed on the movie set. Even though the painting was an important object lesson, there would be no need to use the original.
  • No Collector Would Expose Their Collection Like This – No serious art collector, or someone who paid so much money for a single painting would expose their investment in such a way. If the painting becomes damaged, it could destroy the investment.
  • Painting Is Valuable Due To Provenance – Many Pollock paintings have not been able to be verified as being Jackson Pollock. One of the essential aspects of No 5, 1948, is that the painting is known to have impeccable provenance. All the previous owners of the painting are known and have verified this is an original Jackson Pollock. No one would risk the provenance of the painting being put in doubt due to the original hanging on a movie set.

For all these reasons, and maybe many others, including using the original artwork would not make financial sense or the risk associated with it for a movie prop, the No 5 1948 in the movie Ex Machina would have been a replica of Jackson Pollock’s original painting.

About Jackson Pollocks No 5, 1948

Jackson Pollock No 5 (1948) Painting

Jackson Pollock’s painting No 5, 1948, was created on a fiberboard measuring 8” by 4”, so it is a large painting. In this painting, Pollock chose to use liquid paints; more specifically, they were enamel paints, even though the work is classified as oil paints.

He used the colors grey, brown, white, and yellow paint drizzled so that many people consider it a very dense bird nest.

Alfonso A. Ossorio originally purchased the painting and composition from Pollock at a show at the Betty Parson gallery in 1949; it was the only painting sold at the show.

When Ossorio’s partner show paint he purchased, he was known to say:

“You spent money on that?”

Ted Dragon, Ossorio’s partner

At some point, the painting was damaged during the moving process. Pollock was told to quickly patch up the painting before it was delivered, hoping Ossorio would not notice the patched-up paint job.

But Ossorio did notice the defect and told Pollock he needed to repair the damage. Pollock took the painting back to his studio. Instead of fixing the painting, it is said that he completely repainted it to a work that is now considered far superior to the original painting.

Ossorio, in speaking of the painting and how the repaint improved the painting he originally purchased, as of the rework of No 5, 1948:

“A wonderful example of an artist having a second chance.”

Alfonso A. Ossorio

Jackson Pollock’s painting of No 5, 1948, is an excellent example of how valuable his paintings have become. From the original, sold in 1949 for 1,500 USD, to the painting today, in 2006, it sold for 140 million dollars. It shows how important Jackson Pollock and his work have become to art collectors worldwide.

For such a valuable and iconic painting to be part of a movie, there would be no need to use the original. The movie producers would have used a painting replica or copy as part of their movie props. The painting is far more valuable than even the entire budget spent on the movie.

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