Warriors of the Northern Mountains by Frank McCarthy
With legends as great in scale as the landscape of the American West itself, the Plains Indians of Frank McCarthy’s paintings thunder across the canvas, hunting buffalo, scouting war parties and protecting their territory. McCarthy’s iconic style and expert composition bring these larger-than-life legends to life in dramatic works that have defined and inspired a generation of artists.
Frank McCarthy knew from an early age that his passion was art, copying from his favorite comic strips. Encouraged by his parents and art teachers, he enrolled at fourteen in New York’s Art Students League, studying first under George Bridgeman and then under Reginald Marsh. After high school graduation, he studied for three years at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute with a major in illustration. Following his studies, McCarthy embarked on his art career as a commercial illustrator in New York City. He painted illustrations for most of the paperback book publishers, magazines, movie companies and advertisements. He created works that became posters for such movies as the James Bond series. Frank McCarthy’s talents were highly sought-after by art directors enabling him to work as a free lance illustrator for many years. His art career spanned over 50 years, beginning with a request for a western cover for a magazine by an art director.
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