Pollock, Jackson

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Jackson Pollock
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Pollock, Jackson Gender: M
Paul Jackson Pollock
born on 28 January 1912
Place Cody, Wyoming, 44n32, 109w03
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 07°31' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif or s_gemcol.18.gif


American artist, a painter and exponent of abstract expressionism and, in particular, the form known as "action painting." Pollack went further, however, and developed his hallmark technique called "drip painting." He believed that art derived from the unconscious, and one of his early works, "The Moon-Woman Cuts the Circle," 1943, shows the passionate intensity with which he pursued his personal vision.

Born in Cody, Wyoming, Pollock’s family moved before he was one year old, and he spent his formative years in California and Arizona. In 1930, he moved to New York City where he enrolled at the Art Students League. He studied with his brother’s teacher, the painter Thomas Hart Benton, and in the autumn of 1935, he found a job as an easel painter with the WPA Federal Art Project. With this job providing security through the years of the Great Depression, he concentrated on his art, and in November 1943, his first one-man show was held at the Art of This Century Gallery in New York City. His first wall-size work, "Mural," was completed in 1943-44. In 1951-52 he painted primarily in black and white, as shown in paintings like "Echo." He created his last major work, "Portrait and a Dream," in 1953.

He married Lee Krasner, a painter, in 1945.

In 1937, he underwent treatment for alcoholism. He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1938 and spent the next three years in treatment with Jungian psychoanalysts. Pollock’s own drawings were integral to these therapy sessions. His health began to deteriorate rapidly in 1953, and he died in an automobile accident on 8/11/1956, East Hampton, New York.

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  • Work : New Career 1935 (Began as an easel painter)
  • Misc. : Retain professional help 1937 (Treatment for alcoholism)
  • Mental Health : Anxiety attack 1938 (Nervous breakdown)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released November 1943 (First one-man exhibition)
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  • Health : Decumbiture 1953 (Health began to rapidly deteriorate)
  • Death by Accident 11 August 1956 at 10:15 PM in East Hampton (Fatal car accident, age 44)
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Source Notes

Felipe Ferreira quotes the B.C. shown in a TV documentary, "Jackson Pollock," directed by Carol Stein, produced by NVC Arts, 1999. The time of birth was not given on the document: parents, Le Roy Pollock and Stella May McClure.


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Nervous Breakdown
  • Personal : Death : Accidental (Died in auto accident)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Muralist, painter, abstract expressionist)