(1921 - 1979)
Ralph Burke Tyree was active/lived in Hawaii. Ralph Tyree is known for South Seas figure, flora and fauna painting.
Biography Ralph Tyree
Ralph Burke Tyree (1921-1979) is well regarded as the most successful protege of Edgar Leeteg, the "Rembrandt of Black Velvet", exceeding his master with his sensuous depictions of scenes and people from the South Seas.
Sometimes their work was categorized as "Tiki Art" and graced famous haunts such as Trader Vic's, Kona Inn, Don the Beachcomer, Canlis Restaurant, Pat's at Punalu'u, and the Tropics.
Born in Kentucky, Tyree attended the California College of Arts and Crafts and then, between 1942 and 1946, worked as a public relations artist for the U.S. Marine Corps. Fascinated by the tropical flora and cultures of the South Pacific, Tyree painted extensively in Samoa, Fiji, the Gilbert Islands, the Mariana
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