Lewis Carlton Ryan (1894-1982) Linoleum Block Print Santa Barbara Mission circa 1930s AP1289
Simple and bold and dynamic, and even daring in its emphasis on the dark mass of the tree in the foreground, accentuating the bright gleam of the mission.
Measures 9" x 11 1/2".
Born in Austin, TX on May 23, 1894. Following service in WWI, Ryan came to Los Angeles from Seattle in 1919. He studied art at UCLA and Otis Art Institute followed by a year of study in Amsterdam, Paris, and Rome. His illustrations were published in the Los Angeles Times, McCalls, Ladies Home Journal, and on the covers of Westways. The last 30 years of his life were spent in Escondido in San Diego County. His illustrations appeared in five books on Escondido history written by his wife Frances. He died nearby at Palomar Hospital on Jan. 4, 1982. Ryan's work includes copper plate engravings, watercolors, pen-&-ink and pencil sketches; however, he was most successful with woodcuts and greeting cards. His subjects include desert scenes and the historic buildings of Los Angeles. Exh: Otis Art Inst. Alumni, 1936, 1941; Calif. WC Society, 1936-44; LA County Fair, 1937; Chamber of Commerce (Santa Paula), 1938. In: Huntington Library (San Marino).