Most people recognize Harry Jackson for sculpting such masterpieces as ‘The Marshal’, ‘Two Champs’, and the breathtaking ‘Stampede’ and ‘Range Burial’ duo, but before he was a world-renowned sculptor he was known as an up-and-coming painter. It was actually painting that got Harry started as a sculptor as he was trying to visualize in a three-dimensional fashion what he was painting. Back in 1956, before he’d done any sculpture, LIFE magazine published a nine-page photoessay about Harry Jackson titled “Painter Striving to Find Himself: Harry Jackson Turns To The Hard Way”. It was about Harry’s apparent break with abstract expressionism and his returning to realism in his paintings. If one looks at the paintings he did and the sculptures for which he’s become known, one can see that the works have a strong abstract underpinning made possible by his experience in abstract expressionism. He didn’t return to realism, he moved forward to realism bringing all the lessons he learned as an abstract expressionist with him.
Here’s a link to the full Life article about Harry and his art on Google Books http://books.google.com/books?id=6UgEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA80&ots=TyM03Mx0Rs&dq=life%20magazine%201956%20harry%20jackson&pg=PA70#v=twopage&q&f=true
Here is a link to the Life online photo archives showing the black and white photos from the article http://www.life.com/search/?type=images&q0=harry+jackson&date=1956-1956