The Brinton Museum owns nearly 200 works of art by the artist Edward Borein, mostly comprised of ink drawings and etchings from Bradford Brinton’s collection. Born on October 21, 1872, in rural San Leandro, California, John Edward “Ed” Borein was among the best in bringing the romanticized cowboy of the American West to life. His interest in art began at a young age, but it would not be until he was in his thirties that he seriously considered a career in the arts. Borein had, as they say, earned his spurs. Like the ranch hands he knew in Santa Barbara and later the vaqueros in Mexico, Borein was now among the best who certainly knew the trade. Saddles and spurs, bridles and brands, were second nature to him. These life experiences as a working cowboy equipped Borein to portray his subjects in impeccable, authentic detail.
Western historian and scholar, B. Byron Price, author of the award-winning book, Edward Borein: Etched by the West, will present an educational program to accompany The Brinton Museum’s exhibition on July 21.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Charlie Russell Riders Foundation, Inc., E. T. Meredith Foundation, and David & Cynthia Hummel.