Jackson Pollock was an American painter who used the abstract expressionist art movement. He was known mostly for his ‘drip’ style of art where he would dribble the paint along a canvas that was placed on the floor. He started this style of work in 1947. This style of painting was also known as ‘action painting’. Before, Jackson would use a paint brush on canvas, whereas after his art style changed, he would never let the paintbrush meet the canvas, only let the paintbrush hold the paint to dribble onto the canvas.
Jackson’s art work, before the change of style, was greatly criticized by the media and other artists. This put a lot of pressure on him to do better. With the new change change and experimentation, an article in ‘Life Magazine’ praised his new art work and he then became greatly popular, with one man shows lined up and many interviews to show off his work. With this new success in the art industry, he continued with the ‘action painting’ and grew his fame. He was known as one of the most important figures in the art world.
His art work was very powerful and showed a lot of expressive emotion. This style of art could have been showing his feelings through his paintings, for example the splashes and explosions of paint could have represented his depression and suffering in his personal life and his art work could have therefore been a release of emotion to him.
Overall Jackson Pollock’s art work was and still is a great influence to artists, and will always be seen and one of the most important figures in the art world.