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 Lewis A. Ramsey  (1873 - 1941)

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Lived/Active: Utah/California/Illinois      Known for: landscape, portrait and mural painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Bridgeport, Illinois, Lewis Ramsey was a painter as well as muralist and sculptor who taught at Latter Day Saints University in Salt Lake City, Utah and then spent the last eight years of his life in Hollywood where he continued to paint landscapes, seascapes, animals and native American scenes. Other projects of his career included illustrations for postcards, museum dioramas, murals and W.P.A. commissions.

He moved to Utah at age 12, became a convert to the Mormon Church, and studied art with John Hafen. At age 17, he enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago and then worked in Boston and New York City as a calligrapher and photo retoucher. He studied with Douglas Volk and from 1897 to 1903, attended the Julian Academy in Paris as a pupil of William Bouguereau and Jean Paul Laurens.

From 1903 to 1905, he taught at Latter Day Saints University, was briefly in Chicago, and then returned to Utah where he raised his family. In the early 1930s, he moved to California, and while living both there and in Utah, he painted scenes in Arizona, Wyoming, and Nevada.

Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Peggy and Harold Samuels, "Illustrated Biographical Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West"

Biography from Anthony's Fine Art:
Lewis A. Ramsey was originally from Bridgeport, Illinois, but came to Utah with his family in 1887.  Settling in Payson, Utah, young Ramsey had lessons with John Hafen. In 1892, he looked for portrait commissions in Provo.  Leaving the same year for study at the Art Institute of Chicago and then training in Boston and New York as well, Ramsey not only took lessons with Douglas Volk, a pupil of the famed John Singer Sargent, but also worked as both a calligrapher and as a "spot-knocker" on photo-negatives before departing later for Europe.

Back home in Utah, he found time for sketching trips to scenic locales and the submission of some pastel drawings and a crayon portrait to the 1894 Territorial Fair.  In 1898, he was able to purchase the John B. Fairbanks photo studio and gallery in Provo.  Finally, he went to Paris to pursue training at the Académie Julian, and traveled also to Berlin, Vienna, and Rome before going home to Utah in 1903.

Ramsey eventually taught at LDS Church commissions back home; spent eighteen months in Hawaii (1916-18) doing murals for the Mormon temple there; painted more landscapes and portraits in Utah from 1918 to 1930; and finally found a new career of painting scenes and portraits in California.

The Springville Museum of Art

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