Ralph Love was born in Los Angeles, California April 18, 1907. He died May 26, 1992 in Escondido, California. For many years, Ralph Love taught as well as painted. His students were made up of avid artists throughout Southern California, and their classroom was the wide-open spaces. On rainy days, the class would meet in the old Art Shack in Temecula, California, which Love opened in the mid-fifties. It was from this Art Shack that his work received national recognition.
Ralph Love was perhaps most well known for painting the Grand Canyon and California landscapes. “Arizona Life” (magazine) featured his work on the cover and on the inside spread, showing several of his original oils. Senator Barry Goldwater owned several of Love’s Grand Canyons, and a letter from him stated,”…Love is the finest living American artist I know, and I could look at his work all day long.”
Love’s desert scenes are immortalized in Palm Springs at the Palm Desert Museum through dioramas. Another of these unique displays can be seen at the historical Mission Inn in Riverside, California. The Frontier Museum in Temecula, California has honored Ralph Love in their museum publication with two pages of his contribution to the area through his art. The late Erle Stanley Gardner, who commissioned a Love painting of his ranch, is the only other person in this publication.
Ralph Love paintings are hanging in several other museums throughout the West, including the Northern Arizona Museum in Flagstaff, Arizona, the Phillips 66 Museum in Oklahoma, and the Leanin’ Tree Museum in Boulder, Colorado.
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