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Edward Borein: The Artist's Life and Work


Works by noted cowboy artist Edward Borein, on loan from the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York, is on display at the Santa Barbara Historical Society, 136 E. De la Guerra St., through December 5, 1999. (left: Mission San Juan Capistrano, Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York)

Borein spent 12 years in the East before moving permanently to Santa Barbara in 1921. At the Art Student's League he briefly studied etching, which set him apart from his Western artist peers. His career received a boost with two one-man exhibitions in New York.

Borein is best known for scenes of a vanishing Western America painted, drawn and etched with extreme accuracy. He excelled in depicting horses and longhorn cattle in motion with just a few strokes of the pen. He reportedly never tired of his subjects, seeing great variety even in the expressions of a longhom steer or rank saddle bronco. Edward Borein was born in 1872 in San Leandro, a town along one of the California cattle trails, where his father was deputy sheriff. The family later moved to nearby Oakland, a major center in the cattle industry at the time. It was in Oakland that Borein's artistic inclinations became evident as he began sketching at the age of five. (right: After the Kill, Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York)

Subjects available to him during his childhood -- cowboys, vaqueros, longhorn cattle and horses--determined his lifelong interests.

Edward Borein: The Artist's Life and Work is the second Borein exhibition for the Historical Society. The first was a showing in June 1998 of more than 100 of his works.

Text courtesy of This Month in Santa Barbara County. Images courtesy of Santa Barbara Historical Society.

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