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List of famous abstract expressionism artists, with images, bios, and information about their notable works. All the greatest artists associated with the abstract expressionism movement are included here, along with clickable names for more details on that particular painter or sculptor. You might also be interested in famous post-impressionist artists and famous rococo artists. These notable abstract expressionism period artists are organized by popularity, so the best artists are at the top of the list. If you think the best abstract expressionism artist isn't as high as they should be then be sure to give them an upvote.

List ranges from Jackson Pollock to Jasper Johns, plus much more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the most famous abstract expressionism artists?" and "Who are the best abstract expressionism artists?"

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Jackson Pollock is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
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Paul Jackson Pollock (; January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) was an American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. He was widely noticed for his technique of pouring or splashing liquid household paint onto a horizontal surface (‘drip technique’), enabling him to view and paint his canvases from all angles. It was also called ‘action painting’, since he used the force of his whole body to paint, often in a frenetic dancing style. This extreme form of abstraction divided the critics: some praised the immediacy and fluency of the creation, while others derided the random effects. In 2016, Pollock's painting titled Number 17A was reported to have fetched US $200 ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: No. 5, 1948, Untitled, Bird, Stenographic Figure, + more

Birthplace: Cody, Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America

Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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Mark Rothko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
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Mark Rothko was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous postwar American artists. ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Green and Maroon, Ochre and Red on Red, Orange and Red on Red, Green and Tangerine on Red, No. 10, + more

Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia

Associated periods or movements: Color Field, Abstract expressionism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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Jacques Rosas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
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Living Abstract Expressionist and founder of legendary Shop Studios

Artworks: Street Art, Oils on canvass from Life

Birthplace: Stockton, CA

Associated periods or movements: Contempary Art

Nationality: American, Mexican and Seedish Decent

Art Forms: Oils on canvass

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Franz Kline is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Abstract Expressionist Artists
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Franz Kline (May 23, 1910 – May 13, 1962) was an American painter. He is associated with the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1940s and 1950s. Kline, along with other action painters like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, John Ferren, and Lee Krasner, as well as local poets, dancers, and musicians came to be known as the informal group, the New York School. Although he explored the same innovations to painting as the other artists in this group, Kline's work is distinct in itself and has been revered since the 1950s. ...more on Wikipedia

Artworks: Le Gros, Chief, Painting Number 2, Untitled, Lehigh V Span, + more

Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Associated periods or movements: Abstract expressionism

Nationality: United States of America

Art Forms: Painting

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