|Ralph William Holmes |
Born in La Grange, Illinois on October 1, 1876, Ralph William Holmes was a landscape painter and illustrator who grew up in Illinois and attended Northwestern University (1895-98) and Art Institute of Chicago (1898-1902). After further art study in Paris, he joined the faculty at the Art Institute (1903-12) followed by five years at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. In 1918 he moved to Southern California and was active as a muralist in Atascadero and an instructor at Otis Art Institute (1923-48). Holmes died in San Luis Obispo, California on February 6, 1963. His work includes views of Yosemite and Bryce Canyon as well as the desert and rolling hills of Southern California.
Member: Academy of Western Painters, Los Angeles; California Art Club (Pres., 1939-41); Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles (Pres., 1936-38); Los Angeles Art Association; Long Beach Art Association; American Artists Congress; Laguna Beach Art Association.
Exhibited: Carnegie Institute, 1915 (silver medal); Atascadero Art Association, 1918; Oakland Art Gallery, 1919; Painters & Sculptors of Los Angeles, 1926, 1932 (gold medal); California State Fair, 1930; Santa Paula, 1940 (first prize); Golden Gate International Exposition, 1940; Gumps, San Francisco, 1940; Glendale Art Association, 1950.
Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.