I never heard of the dude but he is apparently on the home page a lot for art. I think his art stinks. It looks mediocre. The idea that not having gone to art school takes away any "points"(
is fooey. You can be self taught and be miles ahead of those who have gone to art school. One example: http://dc-concept.blogspot.com/
As far as I can see he's not the next picasso, pollock, Lichtenstein(he fucking copied comics with some variations at a large size a people love him like wth?!?!?!?!? http://davidbarsalou.homestead.com/LICHTENSTEINPROJECT.html
)(I like none of them btw).
What did he say about Pollock? I think anyone is warranted to say what they want, the opinion holds ground if it's logically sound and made from all the information presented,( "oh it was different for the time blah blah blah so its super duper great,.. dripped paint, wooooooo hoorahhhh") I would probably say some harsh things about pollock to in an interview if I was asked about his work..
I don't think he has to pay his dues as much as he has to not make mediocre work. (Again this is opinon) I think a lot of his work is boring. Maybe that's just me. Oh well.