Once again, the Animation Guild gallery will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm., Monday through Friday, for the annual showing of Ralph Hulett Christmas card designs ...
Ralph Hulett was born in Illinois in 1915, and came to California with his family in 1922. A graduate of Hoover High School in Glendale and Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, Hulett joined Walt Disney Productions in 1938 as an assistant animator who specialized in air brush effects, becoming a background artist in 1943. He remained a Disney background artist until his death in 1974, painting backgrounds on every animated feature from "Song of the South" to "Robin Hood." He was designing backgrounds for "The Rescuers" at the time of his death.
Working at Disney, however, was only a small part of Hulett's artistic career. He painted and exhibited paintings in galleries across the country for decades, becoming known for his watercolor landscapes. In the 1950s and 1960s, Hulett painted magazine and record album covers (mostly for Capitol records), designed beach towels and kitchen ware, and produced his own religious and educational films.
He was also known for Christmas cards, and painted hundreds of designs over four decades.