William Ronald, R.C.A. (1926-1998)

Untitled #1
Untitled #1, 1992
acrylic on paper, 22" × 30"
Untitled #2
Untitled #2, 1992
acrylic on paper, 22" × 30"
Untitled #3sold
Untitled #3, 1993
acrylic on paper, 22" × 30"
Dianna's Windowsold
Apple Blossom Time, 1993
acrylic on paper, 22.5" ×29.75
The Green Hornet
Snowman, 1997
acrylic on canvas, 10" ×12"
Printemps, 1954
watercolour, 17" × 19"
Gift for Alana
Gift for Alana, 1987
oil on canvas, 12" × 16"


William Ronald, R.C.A. (1926-1998) – Artist Biography

William Ronald, R.C.A. (b: William Ronald Smith, August 13, 1926, Toronto, Ontario; d: February 9, 1998, Barrie, Ontario), was an important Canadian painter, best known as the founder of the influential Canadian abstract art group Painters Eleven in 1954.

Ronald was a graduate of the Ontario College of Art who quickly found that abstract painters could not get their work exhibited in Toronto galleries. Working for the Robert Simpson Co. department store, he persuaded management to pair abstract paintings with furniture displays, thereby discovering a way to get the public to accept non-representational art. Despite the success of the show, Ronald resented the city's general attitude toward its artists and moved to the United States, eventually becoming an American citizen. Ronald shared a studio with Frank Stella and joined the stable of artists at Manhattan's Kootz Gallery. He was quickly accepted by critics and collectors and enjoyed a multi-year period of success. Eventually, Ronald returned to Toronto, partly for personal reasons and partly because he could not agree with Kootz.

He continued to paint through the 1970s, '80s and '90s, moving to Montreal, Quebec, and then to Barrie, Ontario where he maintained an active studio. He gained some notoriety for his portrait series of Canadian Prime Ministers, a pioneering non-representational portrayal of heads of government opened by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in Toronto.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

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