Frank McCarthy ( 1924 – 2002 )
Frank McCarthy was raised in Scarsdale, New York and developed his passion for art early on by drawing dinosaurs. He was even allowed to paint the floor of his classroom while in elementary school! In addition, McCarthy became enthralled with the stories of King Arthur and Treasure Island among others, which had illustrations by legendary American artist N.C. Wyeth. It was also during this time that McCarthy was given a book by his uncle entitled Animals in Motion by Edward Muybridge, which also had a major influence on Remington’s depiction of animals.
McCarthy took classes at the Art Student’s League in the Summers during high school and went on to graduate from the very prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. After graduation, he embarked on an eighteen year career as an illustrator for such well known magazines as Collier’s, Reader’s Digest, and Cosmopolitan. McCarthy also did illustrations for all of the major movie studios during this time.
At the urging of a friend in 1968, McCarthy began painting Western scenes for galleries, since he had done numerous paperback covers for Western novels. In 1975 McCarthy was elected to full membership in the Cowboy Artists of America. His action filled paintings have become a favorite of top Western collectors across the United States and his work can be found in such respected venues as: The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, Texas, and the Pearce Collection of Western Art in Corsicana, Texas.