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Frank McCarthy

When Omens Turn Bad, Oil, 16 " x 29"

River Crossing



One of the best-known painters of western subjects in the late 20th century, Frank McCarthy is highly regarded for his detailed depictions of plains Indians in action.

He was born in New York City and spent the first twenty-one years of his career as an illustrator for major magazines including Colliers, Argosy and True and for paperback book publishers.

He studied at and the and then followed a course of commercial art. Many of his illustrations were large western paintings, something that continued to earn him a reputation as a top selling artist. His work was also reproduced and distributed by .

In 1973, McCarthy had his first major exhibition of his paintings, a show of twenty-three canvases, at the Husburg Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. The entire show sold out in twenty minutes. This success caused him to make a total commitment to fine art, and he moved from New York to Arizona.

A popular motif of his has been high-speed action, especially stampeding buffalo. In 1975, he was elected a member of the , and in 1998, he resigned from the organization. In 1997, he was inducted into the "Illustrators Hall of Fame." He is also a member of the Northwest Rendezvous Group and has exhibited at the and had a retrospective at the in Tulsa, Oklahoma.





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