Paul Jackson Pollock 1/28/1912 – 8/11/1956 known as Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter & major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. Known for his uniquely defined style of drip painting. He enjoyed considerable fame & notoriety. Regarded as a mostly reclusive artist with a volatile personality & struggled with alcoholism. In 1945 married artist Lee Krasner who became an important influence on his career & on his legacy.