Thomas Moran was the first American painter to capture the grandeur of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. Born in England, he immigrated to America as a child and apprenticed to an engraver in Philadelphia.
Howard Hack moved to San Francisco when he was eighteen and studied art and philosophy. In the mid-1960s, he began his Window series, a group of paintings that show distorted views through office and store windows near his studio.
Perhaps more than any of his contemporaries, Jackson Pollock's work defined America's artistic coming of age. Born in Cody, Wyoming, he first studied art in 1925 in Los Angeles, where he developed an interest in sculpture.
David Hare grew up in New York and worked as a commercial photographer for several years. During the 1940s, he became involved with a group of surrealists who had fled European fascism, including André Breton, Marcel Duchamp, and Max Ernst.
Harry Jackson grew up in Chicago and had two passions: drawing and horses. At age fourteen, he hopped on a freight train to Cody, Wyoming, to become a cowboy. He served as a combat artist for the Marines in World War II, and when he returned, studied art under the GI Bill.