Jackson Pollock

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Birthday
28, 1912
Birthplace
Cody, WY
Death Date
Aug 11, 1956 (44)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
28, 1912
Birthplace
Cody, WY
Death Date
Aug 11, 1956 (44)

About

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.

Trivia

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.

Associated With

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