Ucross Foundation to Exhibit Work of Harry Jackson

Harry Jackson at Work. (Courtesy of Ucross Foundation.)
Harry Jackson at Work. (Courtesy of Ucross Foundation.)

Harry Jackson, who hailed from Cody, is renowned throughout the world as an important artist of the West, but some people may be unaware that Jackson, now deceased, was one of America’s great abstract expressionist painters.

Now for the first time since 1953, an exhibition entitled Well-Aimed Lighting: The Abstract Art of Harry Jackson, which will focus solely on Jackson’s abstract art, will be open for view at the Ucross Foundation Art Gallery starting Monday. The exhibit will include a video about Jackson’s life and is available for view through April 10. Ucross Foundation Art Gallery is located on Big Red Lane in Ucross.

Harry Jackson was born in Chicago in 1924 and first spent time in Wyoming in 1938, when he worked as a cowboy on the Pitchfork Ranch in Northwest Wyoming. He enlisted in the Marines at age 18 and was wounded in combat in the Central Pacific. At 20, he became an official Marine Corps Combat Artist, the youngest ever, while stationed in Los Angeles.

Also, a public reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Saturday, February 21, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. and will include a gallery talk by the artist’s eldest son, Matt Jackson, trustee of the Harry Jackson Trust, and Gordon McConnell, artist, writer, and curator, who has written an exhibition essay for the show.

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Jackson. (Courtesy Photo)
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