Who Was Jackson Pollock?

Patrons admire Pollock's "Number 31" in a New York art gallery. Photo credit: dmitro2009 / Shutterstock.com.
Patrons admire Pollock's "Number 31" in a New York art gallery. Photo credit: dmitro2009 / Shutterstock.com.


Jackson Pollock was a famous artist who made an enormous contribution to the abstract expression movement. As one of the famous American artists, Pollock had outstanding skills of drip painting.

Personal life

Jackson Pollock was the youngest son in his family. Her mother, Stella May, took him to San Diego in November 1912 when he was ten months old. He went to Los Angeles' Manual Arts High School in California where he left after expulsion. The expulsion was the second one since he had had been expelled from another secondary school in 1928. Jackson Pollock was able to explore the culture of native Americans during his early life as he went on surveying trips with LeRoy Pollock, his father. Pollock studied at the Art Students League in New York. In 1936, Pollock learned how to use liquid paint which he used in his arts of the early 1940s.

Jackson Pollock's Famous Pieces of Art

No.5, 1948 is the most famous piece of art by Jackson Pollock. It is composed of an eight by four feet fiberboard painted with oil paints in brown, white, gray and yellow colors. It holds a world record of $140 million after it was sold with the price in 2006 to an anonymous buyer.

Number 11, 1952, currently known as the Blue Poles, is the other famous painting that Jackson did. The value of the art in 1973 was USD$1.3 million, the highest price of American painting during that time. The painting became famous as a result of the political scandal arising from the sale of the art at that cost.

One: Number 31 is another famous piece of art that Pollock created after mastering the drip technique, his favorite technique. It is one of the greatest paintings of the artist that was created using the technique and it was painted in a manner where the canvas was lying on the floor. People who love Jackson's artwork use this painting as a reference to the technical and extraordinary skills of the artist.

Jackson Pollock's Techniques

Pollock used the unique style of action painting which involved the use of canvas as the space for painting work. He showed this technique at the best level by using bold colors, individuality, and movement in his paintings. Alongside the action painting, Jackson Pollock used the techniques of drip painting where he paintbrush the paints to dance on the canvas.

Legacy of Jackson Pollock

The artworks by Jackson Pollock have given him a legacy in various ways. For example, his prime example of his paintings, No.5, 1948 is being used in modern films and songs as an object reference. The art plays a major role in the movie Ex Machina in emphasizing the issue of epistemology and consciousness.

Moreover, various publications have been written relating to Jackson Pollock. An example is "The Legacy of Jackson Pollock (1958)" by Allan Kaprow which he wrote after the death of the artist. In his writings, Allan praises Pollock's art and express the feelings of losing such a skillful artist.


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