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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - 20th Century Oil, Portrait of a Lady



A wonderful portrait by listed artist Ronald Olley. The artist has captured a lady with brown hair, dressed in a pink shirt and pearl earrings. The light, expressive brushstrokes give this portrait a modern feel. With touches of blue coloured pencil. Well presented in a substantial painted wooden frame with gilt detail. Signed. On board.


Overall in very good condition. Inspection under UV light reveals no signs of restoration. Minor areas of surface dirt. Some marks to the frame.


57 x 42cm (22.4" x 16.5")
Framed Size: 74.5 x 59.5cm (29.3" x 23.4")

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 kk997
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date 20th Century
Dimensions 57 x 42cm
Medium Oil
Style Postimpressionism
Subject Portrait
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