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Jackson Pollock Art

American, 1912-1956

More than just a painter, Jackson Pollock is an American cultural icon. Widely known for his “drip painting” technique, Pollock stood at the forefront of Abstract Expressionism, to the point that his name has become nearly synonymous with the movement. He was deeply respected by his contemporaries, and Pollock’s paintings, prints and other art — as well as his commitment to the work — influenced artists around the world.

With chaotic elegance, lines hypnotically dance and weave across Pollock’s canvases. He believed his art should come from the unconscious and be a representation of one’s truest self. He extended this expectation to other artists, judging them on the authenticity of their expression above their technical expertise, while disdaining work he considered contrived or disingenuous.

The artist was born Paul Jackson Pollock in Cody, Wyoming, in 1912. His family relocated to California before he was a year old. Over the next 16 years, Pollock and his family moved nine times between California and Arizona.

In 1928, they moved to Los Angeles, where he met Frederick John de St. Vrain Schwankovsky, a painter, illustrator and member of the Theosophical Society, a group dedicated to occult and metaphysical spirituality. Schwankovsky was Pollock’s earliest artistic influence, introducing him to European modern art and encouraging him on his spiritual journey.

In 1930, Pollock joined his brother Charles in New York City. He dropped his first name, now going only by Jackson, and enrolled in the Art Students League of New York, studying under American painter Thomas Hart Benton. He left the League in 1933 and found work two years later, employed by the WPA Federal Art Project as an easel painter. This opportunity enabled him to practice his art while also enjoying financial security.

Throughout much of his life, Pollock battled alcohol addiction and struggled with mental illness. In 1937, he began alcoholism treatment and was institutionalized for four months after a breakdown in 1938.

In 1943, the WPA contract ended. Pollock immediately began to work with Peggy Guggenheim at her New York gallery and had his first solo show that year at the storied heiress-turned-art-patron’s space. Two years later, he married the celebrated painter Lee Krasner, an artist who played a pivotal role in Abstract Expressionism, although her exceptional contributions to it were largely overshadowed by those of her male contemporaries, such as Pollock. Krasner provided him with much-needed stability, and together, they moved to South Hampton, Long Island.

Throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s, Pollock had periodic solo shows, hosted by Guggenheim’s gallery until 1947. From there, Betty Parsons Gallery handled his exhibitions until 1952, when Sidney Janis Gallery took over hosting them for the remainder of Pollock’s life. In 1948, Pollock painted Number 17A, an oil-on-fiberboard work he created using his signature drip technique. It is one of the most expensive paintings in the world.

Pollock died in 1956 in an alcohol-related car accident. Shortly after his death, the Museum of Modern Art in New York held a retrospective in his honor. 

Although many critics derided Pollock’s work while he was alive, focusing on his method rather than the vision of his work, others revered his style, his methods and his artistic honesty. Today, collectors consider Jackson Pollock one of history’s artistic greats.

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Untitled, CR1095 (after painting Number 22, CR344), 1951, printed 1964
By Jackson Pollock
Located in Roma, IT
JACKSON POLLOCK (American, 1912-1956) Untitled, CR1095 (after painting Number 22, CR344), 1951, printed 1964 Screenprint, on Strathmore wove paper, numbered 49/50 in pencil lower left, and with the Estate of Jackson Pollock 1964 blindstamp lower left From the posthumous printing of 50 authorized by his widow, Lee Krasner, in 1964 (there was also a lifetime edition of 25) Published by Bernard Steffen...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock Art

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Screen

Skateboard deck
By Jackson Pollock
Located in Washington , DC, DC
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Jackson Pollock Art

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400% Bearbrick
By Jackson Pollock
Located in Washington , DC, DC
After Jackson Pollock Fully authorized by the artist's estate, Pollock Krasner House, this 400% Bearbrick resumes the pattern of a painting of his dripping period with the entire...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Jackson Pollock Art

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Plastic

Untitled - Expression no. 2 - Screen Print After Jackson Pollock - 1964
By Jackson Pollock
Located in Roma, IT
JACKSON POLLOCK (American, 1912-1956) Untitled, CR1093 (after painting Number 9, CR340), 1951–printed 1964 Screenprint, on Strathmore wove paper, numbered in pencil lower left, and with the Estate of Jackson Pollock 1964 blindstamp lower left(?) From the second posthumous printing of 50 authorized by his widow, Lee Krasner in 1964 (there was also a lifetime edition of 25) Published by Bernard Steffen...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock Art

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Screen

Untitled - Expression no. 1 - Screen Print After Jackson Pollock - 1964
By Jackson Pollock
Located in Roma, IT
JACKSON POLLOCK (American, 1912-1956) Untitled, CR1091 (After Painting Number 7, CR324), 1951, printed 1964 Screenprint, on Strathmore wove paper, numbered in pencil lower left, and with the Estate of Jackson Pollock 1964 blindstamp lower left From the second posthumous printing of 50 authorized by his widow, Lee Krasner in 1964 (there was also a lifetime edition of 25) Published by Bernard Steffen...
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1960s Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock Art

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Untitled - Screen Print After Jackson Pollock - 1964
By Jackson Pollock
Located in Roma, IT
Screenprint, from the posthumous edition of 50 printed in 1964 (first edition of 25 printed in 1951) With the blindstamp of the estate: “Estate of J. Pollock 1964” and “Strathmore us...
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1960s Abstract Jackson Pollock Art

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Paper, Screen

Untitled
By Jackson Pollock
Located in New York, NY
Frame size: 30 3/8 x 25 1/2 inches Printer: The Artist and his brother, Sanford McCoy, Deep River Connecticut Catalogue Raisonné: O’C. and T. 1095 Signed, dated, and numbered in bla...
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1950s Jackson Pollock Art

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Untitled
By Jackson Pollock
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful original drawing by Jackson Pollock. Gouache and ink on paper. Exhibitions: Marlborough Gallery, London, 1961, n.39 Marlborough Gallery, Rome, 1962, n.41, From the catalogu...
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20th Century Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock Art

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Gouache, Ink

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Find a wide variety of authentic Jackson Pollock art available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Jackson Pollock in screen print, board, gouache and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th century and is mostly associated with the abstract style. Not every interior allows for large Jackson Pollock art, so small editions measuring 5 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Joan Mitchell, James Brooks, and Sam Gilliam. Jackson Pollock art prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $950 and tops out at $64,615, while the average work can sell for $39,298.

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  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    Jackson Pollock is famous for the drip painting technique. He worked at the forefront of Abstract Expressionism, and his name became nearly synonymous with the movement. The artist was deeply respected by his contemporaries, and Pollock’s paintings, prints and other art, as well as his commitment to the work, influenced artists around the world. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of Jackson Pollock art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    Jackson Pollock was famous for his work as an artist. Widely known for his "drip painting" technique, Pollock stood at the forefront of Abstract Expressionism, to the point that his name has become nearly synonymous with the movement. He believed his art should come from the unconscious and be a representation of one’s truest self. He was deeply respected by his contemporaries, and Pollock's paintings, prints and other art influenced artists around the world. Shop a variety of Jackson Pollock art on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Jackson Pollock, a well-known American Abstract Expressionist painter, experimented with various printmaking techniques from the early 1940s through the 1950s, during which time he produced screen-printed greeting cards and small-scale silkscreens. Pollock is famous for his technique of pouring, splashing or dripping paint onto large canvases.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Jackson Pollock’s paintings feature a unique style that helped found the Abstract Expressionist movement. His style of painting was later termed drip painting and explored the intricacies of applying paint to the canvas. Shop a range of Jackson Pollock works and prints from top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    You can see Jackson Pollock paintings at a variety of museums in the U.S. and abroad. The artist's pieces are part of the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, California; the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois; and other institutions. Internationally, Pollock paintings hang in the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, Italy; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy; the Tate Gallery in London, UK; and other museums. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Jackson Pollock art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 11, 2024
    Jackson Pollock's paintings are so valuable for a few reasons. First, Pollock achieved celebrity status during his lifetime, and this name recognition allows his works to be sold at high price points. Widely known for his “drip painting” technique, Pollock stood at the forefront of Abstract Expressionism, to the point that his name has become nearly synonymous with the movement. In addition, many people find his works to be moving expressions of the emotions of movement and are willing to pay a lot to own them. Finally, the fact that Pollock has passed away and no longer makes art means that there is a limited supply of his paintings relative to the demand for them. On 1stDibs, shop an assortment of Jackson Pollock art.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 11, 2024
    Jackson Pollock painted more than 360 paintings over the course of his career. Although many critics derided Pollock's work while he was alive, focusing on his drip painting method rather than the vision of his work, others revered his style, his methods and his artistic honesty. Today, collectors consider Jackson Pollock one of history's artistic greats. On 1stDibs, explore a range of Jackson Pollock art.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 11, 2024
    Jackson Pollock painted more than 360 paintings over the course of his career. Although many critics derided Pollock's work while he was alive, focusing on his drip painting method rather than the vision of his work, others revered his style, his methods and his artistic honesty. Today, collectors consider Jackson Pollock one of history's artistic greats. On 1stDibs, explore a range of Jackson Pollock art.

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