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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - c. 2000 Acrylic, The Mother and Child



A poignant acrylic painting by the listed artist Ronald Olley, depicting skeletal figures of a mother and child. This smaller painting is a preparatory study for a larger oil by the same artist.Olley's experiences during WW2 deeply affected his artistic practice. The resulting images show the harrowing realities of war with a thought provoking honesty and clear empathy for the victims of this unthinkable violence. Presented in a card mount. Signed and inscribed. On wove.


There is minor discolouration and surface dirt to the mount, as shown.


26.1 x 35cm (10.3" x 13.8")
Sheet: 42.4 x 50.3cm (16.7" x 19.8")

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 birth name.

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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 pr992
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date c. 2000
Dimensions 26.1 x 35cm
Framed No
Medium Acrylic
Style Postimpressionism
Subject Military
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