Jackson Pollock

Abstract Expressionist Painter
Born Jan 28, 1912

Paul Jackson Pollock, known as Jackson Pollock, was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was well known for his uniquely defined style of drip painting. During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety. He was regarded as a mostly reclusive artist. He had a volatile personality, and struggled with alcoholism for most of his life.… Read More

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1912 Birth Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming, in 1912, the youngest of five sons. … Read More


1928 16 Years Old While living in Echo Park, California, he enrolled at Los Angeles' Manual Arts High School, from which he was expelled. He had already been expelled in 1928 from another high school. … Read More
1930 18 Years Old In 1930, following his older brother Charles Pollock, he moved to New York City, where they both studied under Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League. … Read More


1938 26 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1938 to 1942, during the Great Depression, Pollock worked for the WPA Federal Art Project.


1943 31 Years Old Pollock signed a gallery contract with Peggy Guggenheim in July 1943. … Read More
1945 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner, who became an important influence on his career and on his legacy. … Read More
1946 34 Years Old …  With Jackson Pollock, the critic Clement Greenberg saw Sobel's work there in 1946. … Read More
1947 35 Years Old Pollock's most famous paintings were made during the "drip period" between 1947 and 1950.
1949 37 Years Old He rocketed to fame following an August 8, 1949 four-page spread in Life magazine that asked, "Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?" At the peak of his fame, Pollock abruptly abandoned the drip style.
1951 39 Years Old Pollock's work after 1951 was darker in color, including a collection painted in black on unprimed canvases. … Read More


1955 43 Years Old In 1955, Pollock painted Scent and Search, his last two paintings.
In 1956, Time magazine dubbed Pollock "Jack the Dripper", due to his painting style. … Read More
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