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Definition of action painting noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

action painting

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a method of painting used by Jackson Pollock and other abstract expressionist artists. Instead of using a brush, the artist throws or pours paint onto the painting as a way of expressing unconscious feelings more directly.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: action painting