Ralph Du Casse
Ralph Du Casse was born in Kentucky. He attended the University of Cincinnati (B.A. 1940) and University of California, Berkeley (M.A. 1948). In addition he studied with Hans Hofmann in New York and attended California College of Arts and Crafts (M.F.A. 1950). His early paintings ranged from a loose, gestural abstraction to a predominantly linear style rooted in Cubism and resembling the early work of Diebenkorn. His paintings of the 1960s and 1970s were dominated by simpler, thinly stained abstract forms with sources in Asian philosophy, although some bordered on figuration. He taught at University of California, Berkeley, California College Arts & Crafts, and California School of Fine Art, and through the 1970s was chairman of the art department at Mills College in Oakland.