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Original Illustration Art circa 1890-1970

Frank McCarthy

1924-2002 biography  |  subscribe to this artist


Frank C. McCarthy is a master technician and strong colorist whose pictures are always exciting to look at. He is a New Yorker who studied at Pratt Institute and at the Art Students League under George Bridgman and Reginald Marsh. He developed his talent early and was in his mid twenties when he began to obtain illustrating commissions from American Magazine and Collier’s. These were soon followed by Redbook, Argosy, True, Outdoor Life, and others, as well as a great many paperback cover assignments for Bantam Books, Signet, Dell Avon, and Popular Library. In addition, he has done illustration for Ballantine Beer, Goodyear, Warner Brothers, Columbia Pictures, United Artists, Twentieth-Century Fox, and other advertisers.

    In 1972, after twenty-seven years as an illustrator in the East, his transition to painting historical westerners for galleries was completed and in 1974, McCarthy moved to Arizona. He was invited to join the Cowboy Artists of America in 1975, showing his work with such great illustrators such as John Clymer, Bob Lougheed and Tom Lovell. He has won Certificates of Award by the Printing Industries of America for his limited edition prints published by Greenwich Workshop. Fine books have been published on his work, including the Western Paintings of Frank C. McCarthy in 1971, Frank C. McCarthy, the Old West in 1981, and The Art of Frank C. McCarthy in 1992.

    Four retrospective shows of his paintings have been held: in the Museum of the Southwest of Midland, Texas; the R. W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, Louisiana; The Thomas Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and the Cowboy Artists of America Museum in Kerrville, Texas.

   McCarthy was elected into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1997.