Ronald Olley (b.1923) - 2006 Oil, St. Paul's Cathedral, London
DescriptionA very well executed impressionistic cityscape of London, clearly showing St. Paul's Cathedral and the River Thames in the foreground. The pink and blue tones give this painting a warm ambience, and the areas of thick impasto add texture. It has been signed to the lower left, and also on the reverse. The date has been inscribed on the reverse. Well presented in a light brown frame with gold leaf applied to the inner section. Signed. On canvas on stretchers.
Painting is in fine condition. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration. Minor paint loss to edges of frame, and there are some small areas where the gold leaf on the inner section of the frame has peeled off revealing the red paint underneath. Overall in very good condition.
33.8 x 43.5cm (13.3" x 17.1")Framed Size: 48 x 57.8cm (18.9" x 22.8")
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||33.8 x 43.5cm|
|Subject||Architecture & Cityscapes|
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