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Edward Borein (1872-1945)

We are especially interested in buying artwork by Edward Borein.


Edward Borein was born in San Leandro, California, a western cow town. He became one of the most popular artists of western scene painting, and was equally adept at ink drawing, watercolor, and etching. He began sketching at the age of five and was educated in the Oakland, California schools. At the age of 17 the artist began working on a ranch near Oakland before sketching as a working cowboy throughout the Southwest, Mexico, and Guatemala. At age 19, he enrolled at the San Francisco Art School, his only formal art training. There, he met Jimmy Swinnerton and Maynard Dixon who encouraged him in his art career.

In 1899, Borein visited Arizona while returning from Mexico. In 1907, to enhance his illustration skills, the artist went to New York to learn etching techniques. There he enrolled in the Art Students League and was a student of Child Hassam. In the theatre district, he opened a studio that became a gathering place for ‘lonesome’ westerners such as Charles Russell, Will Rogers, Olaf Seltzer and Carl Oscar Borg. Borein did not feel at home in New York, so he moved to Santa Barbara, California in 1921. He and his wife built a Hopi-style home, he turned increasingly from oil to watercolor painting, and he taught at the Santa Barbara School of the Arts until his death. From his studio, he depicted Indians, cowboys, and California ranch life and was financially successful.