In a short but explosive career, American painter Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) carved out a singular niche within the abstract expressionist movement. Marked by drips, splatters and splashes, Pollock’s unconventional “action paintings” flew off gallery walls while sparking debate about artistic merit and intentionality. In 1949, at the peak of Pollock’s success, Life magazine published a pivotal feature titled “Jackson Pollock: Is He the Greatest Living Painter in the United States?” Even after his death, Pollock remains a polarizing figure, with art collectors dropping as much as $140 million for a single painting (No. 5, 1948, which David Geffen sold in 2006) and naysayers discrediting his works as meaningless. Opening Thursday with a “martini and vino reception,” AnArte’s “Homage to Pollock” pushed six painters (Cristina Heitz, Laura Mijangos, Nadine Seymour-Munroe, Lucy Peveto, Lisa Shackelford and Tracy Williams) beyond their stylistic boundaries to celebrate Pollock and explore his seemingly chaotic aesthetic.