Carl Ramsey @ EVFA (July 3oth from 5-8pm) 727 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, 90014
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 late nights at Barney’s Beanery and classes at Chouinard Art Institute as developmental next steps.
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 ten years, consists mainly of the
interpretation of the human and architectural elements in the Historic Core and Skid Row
areas of downtown Los Angeles, where the painter lived for several years. He now resides near MacArthur Park.