His Unique Style
Action painting is a form of abstract expressionism. Jackson Pollock is the most celebrated artist of this form. What makes his style so unique is that he placed a large canvas on the floor instead of using the traditional easel. He painted with forceful, rapid, impulsive brush strokes or by splashing the paint directly onto the canvas. He also used sticks, trowels, paint cans with holes in the bottom, and knives to apply the paint
28th Jan, 1912Jackson Pollock is bornPollock was born in Cody, Wyoming in 1912, an the youngest of five sons. His parents, Stella May McClure and LeRoy Pollock, grew up in Tingley, Iowa. His father had been born McCoy but took the surname of his neighbors, who adopted him after his own parents had died within a year of each other. Stella and LeRoy Pollock were his adoptive parents.
9th Apr, 1930Jackson and his brother and study under Thomas Hart BentonIn 1930, following his brother Charles Pollock, he moved to New York City where they both studied under Thomas Hart Benton at the Art Students League of New York. Benton's rural American subject matter shaped Pollock's work only fleetingly, but his rhythmic use of paint and his fierce independence were more lasting influences.
16th Apr, 1942Male and FemaleBy the mid 1940s he was painting in a completely abstract manner. Here he partially used a liquid paint.
27th Mar, 1943Moon Woman
19th Oct, 1945Pollock married American painter Lee Krasner,
16th Apr, 1946Eyes in the HeatThe `drip and splash' style for which he is best known emerged with some abruptness in 1946.
16th Apr, 1949Number 8Number 8, 1949 (detail) 1949 (280 Kb); Oil, enamel, and aluminum paint on canvas; Neuberger Museum, State University of New York
1st Jul, 1950Painting Processhe began painting with his canvases laid out on the studio floor, and he developed what was later called his "drip" technique, turning to synthetic resin-based paints called alkyd enamels, which, at that time, was a novel medium. Pollock described this use of household paints, instead of artist’s paints, as "a natural growth out of a need." He used hardened brushes, sticks, and even basting syringes as paint applicators. Pollock's technique of pouring and dripping paint is thought to be one
19th May, 1953Easter and the Totem and abandoning the drip styleHe rocketed to popular status 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. Easter and the Totem 1953 (150 Kb); Oil on canvas, 84 1/4 x 58 in; The Museum of Modern Art, New York
11th Aug, 1956Jackson dies in a car crashJackson, an alcoholic dies in a drunk driving accident.