Harry Jackson ( 1924 – 2011 )
Born in Chicago, Illinois as Harry Shapiro, Harry Jackson claimed later on that “All I was good at was drawing, riding, and running away” (Contemporary Western Artists, p. 272). Coming from a troubled family, Jackson took refuge in spending countless hours at the Harding Museum in Chicago looking at Frederic Remington bronzes and studying their details.
Jackson enlisted in the Marine Corps in World War II and became the youngest combat artist in Marine Corps history. After the war, Jackson attended the Chicago Art Institute and later studied with the abstract expressionists and became a close friend of Jackson Pollock. Jackson became increseasingly adept at sculpting and began creating bronzes full time in the late fifties.
In the sixties, Jackson became one of the first members of the Cowboy Artists of America but left the organization after eight years later due to tensions between the Cowboy Artists of America and the National Academy of Western Art. Jackson has become known for his realistic, action filled depictions of Cowboys, Cavalrymen, and other historical Western subject matter. He has produced many life sized figures as well as smaller works. Jackson’s work is in the permanent collections of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Wyoming, the Denver Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas, and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK.