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.
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.
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.