Jackson Pollack

By Tyler Towers


My name is Jackson Pollock. I am a very famous American abstract painter. I am well known for a certain style of art called drip painting. My work can be found all over the world.

Early Life

I was born in Cody, Wyoming on January 28, 1912 and died on August 11, 1956. I am the youngest of 5 brothers. Our family moved to several places due to hard times. My family finally settled in Los Angeles, California. In high school I loved English and art a lot. I was a very bad student I got expelled twice. The second time it was because I punched my gym teacher. I almost did not get to graduate but the art teacher let me, so I did. I eventually moved to NYC with my brother in 1930 to attend art school. My art teachers name is Thomas Hart Benton. Before I left my mom reminded me to take my water colors, coloring book and crayons! In 1945 I married the artist Lee Krasner. She is a very important influence in my career. We moved from NYC to East Hampton, Long Island where we bought our first home and the barn became my work studio.
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After college, I tried to paint people but I wasn't any good at it, well, that's what I thought. When I moved to Long Island I discovered the "drip" method of painting. I didn't like to use regular artist tools. Instead, I liked to use kitchen utensils when creating art. If there was something I was using ( for example an turkey baster) and my wife needed it then she would trade me for something else. My art may look like any one can do it and that it is just a bunch of squiggles but its not it takes time to make it. I know what I am doing. I don't have a certain idea in my head. I just create and thats what makes my artist special!
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