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Facts about Jackson Pollock

The Artwork of Jackson Pollock
The Artwork of Jackson Pollock
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Jackson Pollock was an American abstract expressionist painter who became most famous for his unique style of “drip painting.” Jackson Pollock became fairly successful and famous during his lifetime and he is regarded as being one of the major artists of his generation. Born in Wyoming on January 28, 1912, Paul Jackson Pollock (who later referred to himself simply as “Jackson Pollock”) was the youngest of five sons. He was known for having a bad temper and managed to get expelled from school as a teenager. A reclusive drinker with a volatile personality, Jackson Pollock owed much of his success to his wife, Lee Krasner, who he married in 1945. Lee Krasner was also an abstract expressionist artist and he recognized her husband’s talent. She frequently helped him get his work shown in galleries and supported him even as he alienated others. On August 11, 1956, Jackson Pollock died in an alcohol related car accident. He was 44 years old.

Jackson Pollock was known for his "Drip" technique.
Jackson Pollock was known for his "Drip" technique.
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Below is a list of facts about Jackson Pollock:

• Jackson Pollock’s work has been shown worldwide and featured in many prominent galleries including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

• In 1943 Jackson Pollock signed a gallery contract with Peggy Guggenheim.

• Jackson Pollock’s most famous paintings were created between the years 1947-1950.

• Jackson Pollock was only married once to fellow abstract artist Lee Krasner. The couple had no children.

• In 2000, Jackson Pollock was the subject of an Academy Award-winning film titled “Pollock.” Famed actor Ed Harris starred in the film and directed it.