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Ronald Olley (b.1923) - Fine c. 2000 Oil, Horse Racing



A well executed painting of a horse racing scene by the listed artist Ronald Olley. The picture depicts a group of jockeys passing the . The quick and distinct brushstrokes convey a real sense of speed, movement and action. The painting has been signed to the lower right. It is well presented in a salmon coloured frame with a gilt centre (through the use of gold leaf). Signed. On board.


Painting is in fine condition. Inspection under Uv light reveals no restoration. There is some minor scuffing and marks to the frame, as shown. Some gold leaf has peeled off the inner section of the frame revealing red paint underneath. Overall in good condition.


25.8 x 38.6cm (10.2" x 15.2")
Framed Size: 40.8 x 53.3cm (16.1" x 21")

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 kk858
Artist Ronald Olley (b.1923)
Date c. 2000
Dimensions 25.8 x 38.6cm
Framed Yes
Medium Oil
Style Expressionism
Subject Sports
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