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William Smith Ronald

Canada (1926 -  1998 ) Wikipedia® : William Smith Ronald
RONALD William Smith  Rhythms #2

Heffel
Nov 22, 2017
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William Smith Ronald - Totemic Figure

William Smith Ronald - Totemic Figure

Original 1951
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Lot number: 547
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William Ronald P11 RCA 1926 - 1998 Canadian Totemic Figure mixed media on board signed and dated 1951 and on verso inscribed "C51-4" and stamped William Ronald Corporation 21 1/2 x 29 1/4 in 54.6 x 74.3cm Provenance: Roberts Gallery, Toronto Private Collection, Calgary Sold sale of Canadian Fine Art, Joyner / Waddington's, November 22, 2010, lot 177 Kaspar Gallery, Toronto Private Collection, Toronto William Ronald was devoted to non-figurative abstraction - so much so that, in 1948 while he was attending the Ontario College of Art, he would not follow the traditional and strict curriculum of Carl Schaefer’s figurative drawing class. This commitment is demonstrated in Ronald’s oeuvre, which makes this work a fascinating contrast to his larger body of work. Recalling ancient art that uses a geometrical form of abstraction to refer to important cultural symbols, Ronald created a depiction, as the title suggests, of a totem. One other rare example of a similar work titled Aztec Figure (1952) was designed for a window display for the Robert Simpson Company in Toronto, where Ronald worked as a window designer. In 1951, the year this work was produced, Ronald successfully repeated Schaefer’s class, and had his first exhibition at Trinity College at the University of Toronto with Robert Cowan and Murray Todd.
William Smith Ronald - Invasion

William Smith Ronald - Invasion

Original 1962
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Lot number: 234
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Lot # 234 Canadian Post-War & Contemporary Art Online auction , William Ronald , P11 RCA 1926 - 1998 Canadian Invasion oil on canvas circa 1962 signed 48 1/4 x 60 1/4 in 122.5 x 153cm Provenance: Acquired from the Artist's studio, Kingston, New Jersey, 1962 By descent to the present Private Collection, USA Exhibited: Kootz Gallery, New York City, 1963 ,
William Smith Ronald -  Rhythms #2

William Smith Ronald - Rhythms #2

Original 1958
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Lot number: 33
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P11 RCA 1926 - 1998 Canadian Rhythms #2 oil on canvas signed and dated 1958 43 1/4 x 41 in 109.9 x 104.1cm Provenance: Acquired directly from the Artist by the present Private Collection, Toronto William Ronald was a founding member of the abstractionist group Painters Eleven, formed in 1953 in Toronto. Ronald had traveled to New York in 1952, and by 1955 he felt compelled to return, as the city was a hotbed of contemporary developments in art. Robert Hale, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was a friend who introduced him to influential people and arranged for him to sublet painter Larry Rivers’s studio. Ronald would remain in New York and its environs until 1965, and being there reinvigorated his painting. He achieved considerable success there, and his work was taken on by the renowned Kootz Gallery. In 1957 he moved to a studio in Kingston, New Jersey, and affected by his natural surroundings, his previous motif of red and black central forms evolved, becoming more organic and amorphous and infused with rich colour. Rhythms #2 is a powerful work from this vital period. Clusters of shapes created by Ronald’s fluid brushwork interact, flow and condense into the centre. Active yet harmonious, hovering above a textural colour-field background, Ronald’s energized form creates an indelible impression.
William Smith Ronald - Abstract

William Smith Ronald - Abstract

Original 1969
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Lot number: 77
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Description: Founder of the influential Canadian abstract art group Painters Eleven in 1954, this piece features an abstract oil on stretched canvas painting and signed William Ronald (Canadian, 1926-1998) on lower right corner. On verso is the artist's signature and dated 1969; 18 inches x 24 inches
William Smith Ronald - William Ronald, R.c.a. Hodgson\’s Gnosis

William Smith Ronald - William Ronald, R.c.a. Hodgson\’s Gnosis

Original 1986
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Lot number: 64
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WILLIAM RONALD, R.C.A. HODGSON\’S GNOSIS acrylic on canvas signed and dated \‘86; also titled and dated \“Friday June 13th 1986\” on the reverse 36 ins x 36 ins; 91.4 cms x 91.4 cms Provenance: Private Collection, Toronto William Ronald (1926-1998) and Tom Hodgson were members of Painters Eleven, a Toronto-based group of abstract painters in the 1950s. Both were influenced by American Action Painters, particularly Willem de Kooning. Hodgson painted on a large scale, applying his characteristically vivid colours with bravura brushstrokes and palette knives. In the 1980s, Hodgson continued to paint in an abstract expressionist style. In Hodgson\’s Gnosis , Ronald appears to be paying homage to his contemporary and former colleague. Using an action painter\’s technique, Ronald has poured white paint onto a wine-coloured layer of paint, creating two central shapes, around which he brushed greens and blues, adding a few drips or touches of green. The result appears to be an aerial view of two islands, with channels running through and between them. This is possibly a reference to Hodgson\’s childhood on Toronto Island as well as his Olympic paddling success. Hodgson\’s \“mystical knowledge\” referred to in the title may be his innate understanding of paint handling and colour, as well as his knowledge of paddling in and around the islands.
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