Hans-Ulrich “Jimmy” Ernst (June 1920 – February 1984), son of Surrealist painter Max Ernst
Moved from Germany to New York in 1938
Became director of The Art of This Century Gallery in 1942. Held is first solo exhibition one year later.
During the 1940’s he became a member of the Irascible Eighteen, a group of abstract painters who protested against the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s policy toward American painting of that era.
In 1951 he became an instructor at the Department of Design, Brooklyn College
Awards: Guggenheim Fellowship (1961), honorary degree by Long Island University (1982). Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and to the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician.