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Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)

Aliases: Jackson N. Pollock; Paul Jackson Pollock

Professions: Painter

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  • Jackson Pollock (1912-1956)

  • JACKSON POLLOCK (1912-1956)



Jackson Pollock Biography

Pollock was the youngest of five sons and in his first 16 years moved 9 times with his family between California and Arizona. In 1928 he settled in Los Angeles, where he studied at the Manual Arts High School under the painter and illustrator Frederick John de St Vrain Schwankowsky. Here he learned the rudiments of art and was exposed to European and Mexican modernism. His teacher also introduced him to the doctrines of Theosophy and of its former messiah, Jiddu Krishnamurti, which prepared Pollock, who had been brought up as an agnostic, to be open to contemporary spiritual concepts: the unconscious, Carl Gustav Jung’s analytical psychology and Surrealist automatism. Pollock was also influenced by another teacher, Thomas Hart Benton, whose Regionalist style is well known in America. The artist's large scale drip paintings of the 1950s are his best known works. Today, scholars debate the significance of these works and note that his earlier, surrealist paintings possess even greater
importance in the history of art.

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