Ronald Olley (b.1923) - c. 2000 Mixed Media, Blitz Bombing
DescriptionA well executed expressionistic oil and watercolour painting by the listed artist Ronald Olley. The expressive brushstrokes and rich colours lend a sense of devastation and destruction after the bombing. This is likely to be a painting of an area in Bath, where Olley personally witnessed the attack. It is signed to the lower right and is well presented in a cream card mount and a simple wood frame. It appears to be painted on some form of canvas paper with a lined effect. Signed.
In fine condition. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration. Mount and frame are both in very good condition.
37.3 x 26.7cm (14.7" x 10.5")Framed Size: 57.9 x 45.9cm (22.8" x 18.1")
Sulis Fine Art is proud to present this fine collection of works from the studio of the British artist Ronald Olley. Some of the works bear the stamp 'ORO', which stands for Owen Ronald Olley, the artist's birthname.
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Ronald Olley was born in 1923, and studied at both the Harrow Art School and the Central School, London. His father served as a soldier throughout the First World War, and Olley joined the army in 1942. He witnessed the bombing of Bath, England, before being stationed at El Alamein in Egypt, and Italy.
As well as landscape and figure painting, Olley has had numerous commissions for portraits, mainly of women and children. As one of the last artists to paint World War II from personal experience, a significant part of his portfolio depicts battlegrounds and war-torn landscapes. These have been painted using significant research and photographs, alongside Olley's own knowledge of the front line.
His work has been shown at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of British Artists, as well as in exhibitions at the Medici Gallery and at Duncan Campbell. His pictures have been bought by collectors in Europe, the USA, Australia, Africa and Japan.
|Artist||Ronald Olley (b.1923)|
|Dimensions||37.3 x 26.7cm|
|Subject||Architecture & Cityscapes|
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