Jackson Pollock

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Date of Birth January 28, 1912
Place of Birth Cody, Wyoming
Date of Death Aug 11, 1956 (44)
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Jackson Pollock

Paul Jackson Pollock was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was widely noticed for his technique of pouring or splashing liquid household paint onto a horizontal surface, enabling him to view and paint his canvases from all angles. It was also called 'action painting', since he used the force of his whole body to paint, often in a frenetic dancing style. This extreme form of abstraction divided the critics: some praised the immediacy of the creation, while others derided the random effects. In 2016, Pollock's painting titled Number 17A was reported to have fetched US$200 million in a private purchase. A reclusive and volatile personality, Pollock struggled with alcoholism for most of his life. In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner, who became an important influence on his career and on his legacy. Pollock died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related single-car accident when he was driving.

Born: Paul Jackson Pollock, January 28, 1912, Cody, Wyoming, U.S.
Died: August 11, 1956, Springs, New York, U.S.
Education: Art Students League of New York
Known for: Painting
Notable work: Number 17A (1948), No. 5, 1948 (1948), Mural on Indian Red Ground (1950), Autumn Rhythm (1950), Convergence (1952), Blue Poles (Number 11, 1952) (1952), The Deep (1953)
Movement: Abstract expressionism

About Jackson Pollock

Abstract Expressionist artist famous for his drip-painted works, notably Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist) and Autumn Rhythm. His drip period lasted from 1947 until 1950.

Before Fame

His work gained widespread recognition after Life magazine featured him in a four-page spread, "Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?," on August 8, 1949. His last two paintings, Scent and Search, were released in 1955, after which he began focusing on sculpturing.


His problems with alcoholism intensified as his artistic fame increased. He died at age 44 in an alcohol-related car accident.

Family Life

He traveled across the country during his childhood with his land surveyor father. During this period, Pollock was exposed to and greatly inspired by Native American art work. He married fellow painter Lee Krasner in 1945.


He was portrayed by Ed Harris in the 2000 Academy Award-winning film Pollock.

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