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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - 20th Century Oil, Still Life Fruit and Poinsettia



A wonderful contemporary oil by the listed artist Ronald Olley. Here he has depicting a still life arrangement of fruit on a table with a poinsettia plant. Executed in Olley's expressive style and a warm, rich colour palette. On canvas paper laid to board. Signed.


There is some scuffing to the edges, and the corners of the canvas paper are peeling away in some minor places. In good condition overall. The artist has joined several pieces of canvas paper on the board, and so there are joint marks that are visible.


32 x 45cm (12.6" x 17.7")
Sheet: 34.3 x 47.3cm (13.5" x 18.6")

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 km021
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date 20th Century
Dimensions 32 x 45cm
Medium Oil
Style Realism
Subject Still Life
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