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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - Framed c. 2000 Acrylic, Desolate Cityscape

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An atmospheric and expressive city scene by listed artist Ronald Olley. Here the artist has captured a desolate view of London during the Blitz, completed in muted tones with contrasting flashes of colour. Image on the reverse of the board depicts a horse race with graphite detail. Also signed. Well presented in a painted wooden frame in a distressed effect and gilt detail. Signed. On board.


There are some marks and paint loss to the frame. Overall the main image is in very good condition.


16.5 x 26.1cm (6.5" x 10.3")
Framed Size: 31 x 40.2cm (12.2" x 15.8")

Collection Information

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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Artist Biography

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.


London, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom

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Code kk909
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date c. 2000
Dimensions 16.5 x 26.1cm
Framed Yes
Medium Acrylic
Style Postimpressionism
Subject Architecture & Cityscapes
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