Artwork by William Ronald,  Abstraction

William Ronald

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1988 lower right; unframed
48 x 48 ins ( 121.9 x 121.9 cms )

Sold for $7,670.00
Sale date: May 29th 2018

Private Collection, Toronto
Iris Nowell, Painters Eleven: The Wild Ones of Canadian Art, Vancouver/Toronto, 2010, page 75
A vibrant example of William Ronald’s mature period of work, “Abstraction” showcases the artist’s love of energetic colour vibrating off the canvas. Executed with neon oranges, yellows, and pops of contrasting greens, the work is charged with life and movement. As the artist progressed in his career, the application of paint took on a more spirited approach with splashes of paint flicked onto the canvas, drops and drips of pigment peppering the image layer. With an electric energy, this work seems to emulate the artist’s own uniquely provocative personality. On his later works, Ronald notes: “Now I’m creating the best work I’ve ever done. I know what I am doing.” Rather than feel in a state of development and flux, Ronald attests to his self-actualization as an artist in these later abstract works.

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William Ronald
(1926 - 1998) Painters Eleven, RCA

Born in 1926 in Stratford, Ontario, William Ronald began his artistic training in 1947 at the Ontario College of Art. Essential in the establishment of the Painters Eleven, he exhibited with the group in both Toronto and New York between 1953 and 1956. William Ronald moved to New York after becoming increasingly agitated by the public's response to non-representational art in Toronto, and joined up with Kootz Gallery until 1964. He returned to Toronto and continued to paint as well as work as a broadcaster with the CBC.