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Video:Profile of Jackson Pollock

with Marco Cutrone

Jackson Pollock was a prolific abstract expressionist painter who achieved fame for his "drip"-style action painting. Get an overview of the life, work, and death of famed painter, Jackson Pollock.See Transcript

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Transcript:Profile of Jackson Pollock

Hi, I'm Marco Cutrone, of Marco Cutrone Fine Arts. I'm here for About.com and I'm going to talk to you a little bit about the life of Jackson Pollock.  

Jackson Pollock's Early Life

Jackson Pollock was an abstract expressionist painter. He achieved a high degree of fame for his expressive, “drip” style of painting. Paul Jackson Pollock was born in Cody, Wyoming on January 28, 1912. He grew up in Arizona and California with his five brothers and parents. I

n 1930, Jackson moved to New York City where he trained at the Art Students League. In 1936, Pollock attended a workshop in New York City by David Alfaro Siqueiros. In this workshop, he was exposed to unusual methods of working with paint and unorthodox mediums. He began to incorporate new techniques into his artwork. He also experimented with his own methods.  

Jackson Pollock married artist Lee Krasner in 1945. Lee was also an Abstract Expressionist painter. They moved to a home on East Hampton where Jackson converted a barn into a studio.  

Jackson Pollock and Action Painting

In 1947 Pollock began work on his "action" paintings. Pollock started lying canvases on the floor and began experimenting with different techniques of applying the paint to the canvases. He gained acclaim and notoriety for his techniques of pouring and dripping paint on his canvases. He also began using house paint instead of artists' paints. “Mural On Indian Red Ground” is an example of this type of "drip" painting, in which Pollock would pour, splatter, and drip the paint from various instruments onto the canvas. 

Pollock's Death and Legacy

He struggled with alcoholism for much of his life. He died on August 11, 1956 in a car crash. He was 44 years old at the time. The accident is thought to have been alcohol related.  

Pollock's works left an indelible impression on the art world. He influenced generations of painters to come from abstract expressionists, to color field painters, to contemporary painters and sculptors.   

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