1924 - 2002
Western artist Frank McCarthy knew from an early age that his passion was art. Encouraged by his parents and art teachers, he enrolled at age fourteen in New York’s Art Students League, studying under George Bridgeman and Reginald Marsh. After high school graduation, he studied for three years at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute.
His art career spanned over 50 years, beginning with a request for a western cover for a magazine by an art director. He left the world of commercial art in 1968, and began his fine art career after moving to Sedona, Arizona. Frank McCarthy’s dynamic paintings frequently featured the people of the west with a special emphasis on the Plains Indian, mountain men and cavalry that comprised the lore and lure of the Old West. Appropriately entitled the “Dean of Western Action Painters,” Frank McCarthy’s art was unsurpassed for its motion, drama and absolute attention to accuracy and detail. Highly collected and frequently imitated, Frank McCarthy’s works were treasured throughout the world as classic examples of contemporary Western Art.