Ralph Gorvett Jr. was born in Boston and spent his early years in Somerville and Cambridge. While at Burlington High School he studied art with Elinor Marvin, received numerous awards, including a National Scholastics Gold Medal sponsored by Higgins Ink for a drawing exhibited in New York City. In 1967 Mr. Gorvett attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and was a recipient of a Boit Show Award. While there he studied under T. Lux Feininger (Painting), Henry Schwarts (still life painting & music), Peter Abate, Court Bennet and Rene Pisano (sculpture), Alan O’Grady and Ture Bengtz (drawing and color theory). After graduating in 1971, he moved to Gloucester MA and continued the pursuit and commitment to his art privately. Mr. Gorvett is also a serious student of 19th and 20th-century music as seen through its history, philosophy, criticism, and biography. His interest in music has been a significant influence on his visual work. His current interests are as a draftsman, using the medium of ballpoint pen. These are large-scale drawings which require months of working and reworking the laying of inks on paper. The subjects are often of his dog, and amorphic abstractions based on the natural world. Mr. Gorvett presently lives and works in Ogunquit Maine.
Ralph has exhibited at Gravure Gallery, Gloucester MA., Piscataqua Fine Arts Gallery, Portsmouth NH., Black Bear Fine Art, Ogunquit ME., Perkins Cove Gallery, Ogunquit ME., and the Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME.