Image © Copyright Helen Ronald
William RONALD (1926-1998)
Oil on canvas, 1955
Signed RONALD, lower right
121.9 x 152.4 cm, 48 x 60 in.
• John F. McAndrew, Princeton, NJ, acquired from the artist, Kingston, New Jersey.
• Megan McAndrew Cooper, Devils Lake, ND.
• Canadian Group of Painters, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Dec.17, 1955-Jan.14, 1956; Queens University, Kingston, Ont., Levana Society, Jan. 23-27, 1956; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Feb. 3-20, 1956.
• Canadian Group of Painters exhibition 1955-56: catalogue #54.
• Four Decades: The Canadian Group of Painters and their Contemporaries 1930-1970, Paul Duval, 1972, p. 146.
• The Theatre Of The Self: The Life and Art of William Ronald, Robert J. Belton, 1999, p. 143.
• William Ronald Fonds, Library and Archives Canada, Fonds R2113, container #56 file #10:
Inventory: Index of Paintings (1/2) 1949-1962. “#104, 58 x 48, Invasion, ’55, oil, framed, McAndrew, Studio”.
William Ronald was born in Stratford Ontario. William Ronald graduates from the Ontario College of Art in 1952 then studies with Hans Hoffmann for six weeks in 1952 in New York. He arranges the first Painters Eleven exhibition in America in 1956 at the Riverside Museum in association with the American Abstract Artists (AAA). Ronald has his first American one-man show at the Kootz Gallery in 1957 and for the next seven years was represented along side of some of the most important artists in the world. Disregarding Jock Macdonald’s advice to “Never come back to Canada” Ronald returns to Canada in 1963 and exhibits in Toronto first with the Mirvish Gallery. Bill Ronald was one of Canada’s most colorful and talented artists, one of the few you can call truly international. Bill’s paintings are in almost every important art museum in North America.