Byron McClintock Biography

Byron McClintock




Byron McClintock was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1930 and five years later his parents, Eletha Humphrey and Robert McClintock, moved their family to Seattle, Washington.

In 1946, McClintock joined the Merchant Marines, sailing throughout the Pacific. He moved to San Francisco in 1949 and enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts where he studied under Edward Corbett, Richard Diebenkorn, and James Budd Dixon. He studied at the CSFA until 1952 and during those years he served as class monitor for Dixon’s printmaking class and printed lithographs for many of the students. Dixon became a close friend of McClintock and was a great influence on the young artist. In the early 1950s, McClintock tended bar at Vesuvio Café, a Beat hangout and neighborhood saloon that was an important hangout for artists in San Francisco, and he shared a studio in the Mission District with Ernest Briggs.

McClintock was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Alaska between 1953 and 1955. After his military service, he returned to San Francisco and co-owned Acme Photoengraving, a photoengraving business specializing in commercial advertising work, until 1980. During the 1960s McClintock exhibited his paintings at the John Boles Gallery in San Francisco and in the late 1970s he purchased a large studio on Howard Street and bought a press to return to printmaking.

About 1980 McClintock began volunteering at the San Francisco Maritime Museum and he became a full-time employee between 1986 and 1987. During this time he built two boats, one of which Ralph Lauren purchased.

McClintock and his late wife, Jean, moved back up to Oregon in 1997. He continues to create beautiful impressions of the landscape via color mezzotint, drypoint and roulette. His work is represented in the Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York, and the Library of Congress.