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Carl Ramsey
Los Angeles, CA  
www.bgfa.us


Lived/Active: California

Profession(s): Painter

Medium(s): Oil

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Artist Biography:
Carl Ramsey was an illustrator for many years. He has always considered himself fortunate to have spent his youth in the then still semi-rural environs of southern San Diego County. At nearby Southwestern College (1964-66) he came under the guidance of an excellent art department faculty, including the conceptual artist John Baldessari, who suggested Chouinard Art Institute as a developmental next step.

Four years later Ramsey began a career in illustration. Advertising agencies, Motor Trend Magazine, album cover designers, and eventually motion picture studios supplied the assignments and tight deadlines for the next two and a half decades.

One-sheet illustrations, including the final art for Quest for Fire, One Crazy Summer, Risky Business, Police Academy 4, Return of the Living Dead and Beetlejuice, among many others, along with innumerable drawings, sketches and other paintings were produced for film releases during the 1980s and early 1990s. Included within this time span is the creation of the original poster art for the long-running musical Dreamgirls.

Since then, oil paintings of a wide range of subjects, including landscapes and portraits, have been produced. Most recent work, spanning the last several years, consists mainly of the interpretation of the human and architectural elements in the Historic Core District of downtown Los Angeles, where the painter lived for several years.

Studied:
Chouinard Art School, Los Angeles, CA
Southwestern College, San Diego, CA


Books:
2006, Essay by Peter Adams, President of the CAC, 95th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club, 135 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2006, Essay by Michael Zakian, Ph.D., Director of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University, On Location in Malibu: Paintings by the California Art Club, California Art Club, 70 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2004, Essay by Deborah Epstein Solon, Ph.D., 94th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club, 152 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2003, Essay by Albert Boime, Ph.D., 93th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club, 175 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog
2002, Essay by Vicki Stavig 92th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, California Art Club, 143 pages (color), Exhibition Catalog


Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards):
2006, On Site at the Gate 2006, juried exhibition, Angel's Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA
2006, California Art Club 95th Juried Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
2006, On Location in Malibu 2006, California Art Club juried exhibition, Fredrick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, CA
2004, California Art Club 94nd Juried Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
2003, California Art Club 93nd Juried Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
2002, California Art Club 92nd Juried Gold Medal Exhibition, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena, CA
2000, Palm Springs Desert Museum Artist’s Council 31st Annual National Juried Exhibition


Exhibition Record (Galleries and Art Shows):
2009, Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA Solo Exhibition
2009, Public Counsel's 10th Volunteer Appreciation Celebration (one night) Southwestern School of Law, Los Angeles, CA
2009, Urban Ambiance, Juried Exhibition, Long Beach Arts, Bixby Knolls, CA
2008, Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2008, The Downtown Skyline, Los Angeles, CA (Curated by Richard McDowell)
2008, 410 Boyd Street, Los Angeles, CA (Curated by Lilli Muller) Solo Exhibition
2008, The Man Show – A Tribute to Fathers, Husbands, Sons and Lovers, Dale Youngman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2008, Locals Only, Dale Youngman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007, Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA Solo Exhibition
2006, Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2005, Small Wonders II, Pharmaka Art, juried exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
2005, Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
2005, Small Wonders I, Pharmaka Art, Los Angeles, CA
2004, Stewart Galleries, Palm Springs, CA
2004, A&C Fine Art, East Greenwich, RI
2003, A&C Fine Art, East Greenwich, RI
2003, Salon International 2003, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, San Antonio, TX
2003, Stewart Galleries, Palm Springs, CA
2002, 3rd Annual California Autumn Salon, Morseburg Galleries and Edenhurst Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2002, Stewart Galleries, Palm Springs, CA
2001, 2nd Annual California Spring Salon, Morseburg Galleries and Edenhurst Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2001, J. Behman Gallery, Palm Springs, CA: Two-man show
2000, Plein Air Paintings of The Old Mill by Members of the California Art Club
2000, Palm Springs International Art Fair
2000, J. Behman Gallery, Palm Springs, CA: Two-man show
1999, J. Behman Gallery, Palm Springs, CA , Solo Exhibition
1999, Lifetime Arts & Crafts Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Solo Exhibition
1996, Sleeping Bear Gallery, Sun Valley, Idaho



Magazine and Newspaper References:
2007, Washington Post, Angelenos' New Refrain: 'I Love (Downtown) L.A.'
2006, American Art Collector, Excellence and Exploration

Dealers or Representatives:
Bert Green Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA


Artist Statement:

I simply try to do interesting paintings. Not many have picked up a brush with an intention to do otherwise, yet a positive outcome is never assured. Failures either fall to the knife, or become the ground for the next assault. Many years ago an instructor of mine stated, for the first time to my ear, that sentimentality is the enemy of art. I have always considered this statement in relation to the obfuscation of truth. I find it a useful thought to hold as I search around the city for subjects, or prepare to merely recycle a used canvas.

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