Ralph William Holmes
(1876 – 1963)

Painter. Born in La Grange, IL on October 1, 1876. Holmes grew up in Illinois and studied at Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago. After further art study in Paris, he joined the faculty at AIC (1903-1912) followed by five years at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. In 1918 he moved to southern California and established a home in Atascadero. He was active as a muralist and as an instructor at Otis Art Institute (1923-1948). Holmes died in Atascadero, CA on February 6, 1963. His landscapes of Yosemite and Bryce Canyon as well as the desert and rolling hills of California have brought him national fame.

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Edan Milton Hughes, Artists in California 1786 – 1940

Academy of Western Painters (LA)
American Artists Congress
California Art Club (President, 1939 – 1941)
Laguna Beach Art Association
Long Beach Art Association
Los Angeles Art Association
Painters and Sculptors of Los Angeles (President, 1936-1938)