Western artist Harry Jackson dies in Wyoming at 87


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Wyoming artist Harry Jackson, known for both his works of abstract expressionism and images of the American West, died Monday at a hospital in Sheridan, Wyo. He was 87.

He was born in Chicago in 1924 but made his way to Wyoming in his early teens to work on a ranch. He was a combat artist for the Marines during World War II.


Jackson created a 21-foot bronze sculpture of actor John Wayne that was installed in 1984 in front of the Great Western Savings and Loan building on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills that is now headquarters for Larry Flynt Publications.

Other sculptures and paintings by Jackson can be found at museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and in collections owned by the Saudi Arabian royal family and Queen Elizabeth II.

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Wyoming contains the largest museum collection of his work in the United States.

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-- Associated Press