Wyoming artist Kent McCain was a highly-accomplished painter in the Classical Realist style. He painted portraits of Native Americans, Tibetans and Chinese peoples. He also painted Italian architecture as well as meticulous Oriental still lifes, landscapes, birds, wildlife and botanicals.
It’s evident that McCain’s passion for art was realized in hours of working at the easel on a single painting. The Brinton’s show includes more than 30 oils. It is through the generosity of Kent McCain’s wife, Janette, that this exhibit is presented at The Brinton Museum.
Kent McCain (1945 – 2008) was an individual with a diverse background in the arts, social services, theology and philosophy. He earned a Masters in Theology, lived in Kathmandu Valley and in the Himalayas of Eastern Nepal, and traveled the world. His first love, however, was always art. In 1988, at the age of 43, he began drawing. The following year he was painting in oils and it was within the next several years that his work as a classical realist painter was recognized as a serious body of work. It’s a testament to McCain’s talent that he was regarded as an accomplished painter in a relatively short period of time. His favorite subjects included still lifes, portraits, birds and architecture which he beautifully painted.