1919 - 2015

Ron Ronaldson

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 23 September 1919, son of George Ronaldson (1871-1922) and his wife Annie Beatrice née Lackenbury (11 December 1893-1966), who married at Newcastle in 1899, being brought up by his mother Annie who in 1939 was a widow living at 27 Kelso Gardens, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Ronald won a scholarship to the Junior Technical School where he was taught technical drawing and later practiced in watercolour and after a spell at a builders’ merchants, he joined the Royal Navy. During his time as a seaman in the Second World War he took up the brush and purchased his first oil paints in Cape Town, on a port of call, and since that time has been self taught and passionate about art. He married at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1950, Marjorie A Hickey and they moved to Bury St Edmund’s, Suffolk. where he worked at the West Suffolk hospital, retiring after 34 years as chief medical laboratory scientific officer. His methods in painting although rapid, the paintings are not completed without consideration or reworking this is imparted to the viewer through landscape and still life, infusing them with an intensity of light. Ronaldson has been included in publications and exhibitions from Northumbria to East Anglia and is known for his paintings executed up and down the country, particularly along the East Coast. First with the Northern Artists, later in East Anglia, he has exhibited at Phoenix Gallery, Lavenham, with Donald McIntyre, Audrey Blake and Richard Sorrell, 1950-1991; Suffolk Art Society 1954; with Colin Moss at Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery 1956; Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury 1970’s with a solo shows at Chappel Galleries in 1993-2008. Ronald exhibited at Bury St. Edmund's Church Walks in 2012 when sixty highly regarded professional artists as well as local artists and students generously donated their work and supported by the School of Art, West Suffolk College with all the proceeds going to St Nicholas Hospice Care. His wife died in 2006 and Ronald died in the West Suffolk Hospital on 18 January 2015, aged 95, being survived by their son Clive.

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