Searching for William Ronald

September 23, 2017 to January 28, 2018

Exhibit Opening Reception: Sunday, October 1
1:00 to 3:00 pm

Born in Stratford and raised in Fergus, William Ronald (1926-1998), the founder of the Painters Eleven group of artists, came to fame in the mid-fifties as one of the first Toronto exponents of Abstract Expressionism. He challenged the notion that a good Canadian artist should follow in the steps of the Group of Seven and his art was bold, exuberant and defiant.

After his return from New York, where he enjoyed both critics and collectors appreciation, he worked in Toronto as a CBC TV and radio journalist.  He continued to paint and opened his celebrated "Prime Ministers" show at the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1984.

Searching for William Ronald is a visual essay in the life and work of the iconic Canadian artist of genius and public figure, displaying his artwork together with family photographs and personal artifacts.

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William Ronald, Beu-Bien, mixed media on canvas, 1988

(Above): William Ronald, Beau-Bien, mixed media on canvas, 1988

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