Jackson Pollock developed his now infamous "drip or action" painting where he placed the canvas on the floor and ran around the perimeter dripping paint across the surface. The coloured skeins of paint criss-crossed each other like a web eventually tying the whole surface together. This all-over technique of painting liberated other artists to paint any way they liked. The traditional European easel painting convention and its limitations had been thrust aside in favour of large scale art works. Grand "action" paintings for a new heroic American era of world pre-eminence.
I admire Jackson for his bravado and risk-taking in pursuit of a new path for painting. Aside from all the myths and legends surrounding his life and even his premature death Jackson Pollock was able to change how people view the world, art and the future. He said things like "i am nature" and "i'm in my painting" and these ideas were revolutionary because they signalled the beginning of a new attitude in making art. Even 100 years ago art was governed by strict socio-political conventions and it took a lot of pushing by many artists like Jackson to change the system. I never take this hard won freedom for granted.
I hope you'll take the time to look at Jackson Pollocks amazingly innovative paintings and learn more about his life and ideas. Here's a link to a classic documentary on the artist. http://youtu.be/uy1SXVAlrDI