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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - c. 2000 Oil, Portrait of a Smiling Lady



An expressive and emotive portrait in oil by the British listed artist Ronald Olley, depicting a smiling lady looking upwards to the right, and wearing dark clothes. Olley achieves an overall post-impressionistic style alongside detail and characterful subjects, evident here in his contrasting textures. Set against a bold coloured background, the artist adds a sense of modernism to the composition.

Signed to the lower left corner, as shown.

Signed. On board.


In fine condition overall. Some minor scuffing to the corners, particularly the lower left. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration.


52.9 x 43.3cm (20.8" x 17")
Sheet: 55.7 x 45.5cm (21.9" x 17.9")

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.

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Code km130
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date c. 2000
Dimensions 52.9 x 43.3cm
Framed No
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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