The Flag Bearer II, 1992 | polychrome bronze | 22.75 x 22 x 9 inches | SOLD
One of Harry Jackson's most popular works, this polychrome bronze depicts a cavalry soldier with an American flag above his head. Jackson's deft skills in both sculpting and painting have brought this bronze to life, portraying a timeless image of liberty, freedom, and pride.
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
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.