“The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.” - Jackson Pollock
Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock, famous for his splattered-paint pieces, was born on this day in 1912 in Cody, Wyoming. When Pollock turned 18, he moved to New York City and became fascinated with painting under the mentorship of regional artist Thomas Hart Benton. As he grew older, Pollock would become an international success during his “drip period” in the late 1940s, when he innovated his signature painting style. While his contemporaries might have sneered at his style, Pollock’s influence on modern art is enduring and undeniable.