LOT 077

William Ronald
1926 - 1998

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1979 and on verso titled
24 x 24 in 61 x 61 cm

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000

Sold for: $12,870

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Lake Galleries, Toronto
Private Collection, Ontario

William Ronald’s vibrant personality led him to various occupations – most notably as a pivotal member of Painters Eleven, and later as a television and radio broadcaster for the CBC. As a member of Painters Eleven, Ronald enjoyed success in Canada, and his confidence and indisputable talent led him to a significant, albeit brief, period in New York. He moved there in 1954 and joined Sam Kootz’s successful stable of artists which included Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. Despite moving back to Toronto in 1964, Ronald often traveled to Cape Cod for vacations. Nassau County on Long Island, New York is not far from Cape Cod, and it is highly likely he made a trip there. The warm colours of summer days are exuberantly evoked in this work through the pale blue perimeter and mosaic of pastel pinks, light green and mustard yellow. The thick impasto and gestural brush-strokes create an affectionate abstract image of the seaside county, and Ronald’s passion for painting is palpable. It was this intense painterly energy and at times controversial personality that solidified his place in Canadian art history.

Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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