Frank McCarthy (artist)

Frank McCarthy (born 30 March 1924 — 17 November 2002) was an American artist and realist painter known for advertisements, magazine artwork, paperback covers, film posters, and paintings of the American West.[1]

Frank C. McCarthy
Born(1924-03-30)March 30, 1924
DiedNovember 17, 2002(2002-11-17) (aged 78)
Known forAmerican West art


Born in New York City, he studied under George Bridgman and Reginald Marsh[2] at the Art Students League of New York then attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.[3]

Types of works

McCarthy began his art career as a commercial illustrator, opening his own studio in 1948. He did illustrations for most of the paperback book publishers, magazines, including Colliers, Argosy, and True,[4] movie companies, and advertisements.

Among McCarthy's film poster work were The Ten Commandments, Hatari!, The Great Escape, The Train, The Glory Guys, The Dirty Dozen, Dark of the Sun, Day of Anger, Once Upon a Time in the West, and in conjunction with Robert McGinnis Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and On Her Majesty's Secret Service, .

McCarthy left the commercial art world in 1968 in order to concentrate on Western paintings. In 1975 he was invited to join the Cowboy Artists of America.[5] His 1972 painting "The Last Crossing" was used by The Marshall Tucker Band in 1976 for the cover of their fifth studio album, Long Hard Ride. He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1997.


McCarthy died of lung cancer in 2002 at his home of 30 years in Sedona, Arizona.

See also


  • McCarthy, Paintings of the Old West by Frank C. McCarthy, 1977, R. W. Norton Art Gallery.
  • McCarthy, Frank C. McCarthy: The Old West; A Portrait of Paintings, 1981, Greenwich Press Ltd.
  • McCarthy, Frank C. McCarthy: a Commemoration of the Fifteenth Anniversary of a Printmaking Partnership, 1989, Greenwich Workshop.
  • Kelton, Elmer and McCarthy, Frank C., The Art of Frank C. McCarthy, 1992 William Morrow & Co.


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