Painter and teacher, born in Stubbington, Hampshire. He attended Southern College of Art, Portsmouth, 1949–53. After National Service in Egypt, gained art teacher’s diploma, at Bournemouth, then an advanced diploma in art education at Cardiff, 1977. Notable among his teachers was John Elwyn. Taught art, 1957–85, mainly in Bristol, then painted full-time. Cains was early influenced by the social realism of Camden Town and LG painters, and was notable for subdued-colour townscapes. He was elected RWA in 1978, also being a member of Bath Society of Artists. His work was included in Football and the Fine Arts, Football Association show in 1953; also RA from 1964; ROI from 1983; and Brewhouse Open Art, Taunton, 1986. Had a solo show at Patricia Wells Gallery, Thornbury, 1976, also Harlequin Gallery, Bath, 1982, and Toll House Gallery, Clevedon, 2002.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)