Start Date: Tuesday, 3 December 2019
Finish Date: Saturday, 11 January 2020
Location: Grenfell Art Gallery, 88 Main Street, Grenfell NSW 2810
Contact: Grenfell Visitor Information Centre - 02 6343 2059
By Ramon Ward-Thompson.
RAMON WARD-THOMPSON has been painting on a full-time basis for 50 years, is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society of New South Wales and is represented in galleries and collections both here in Australia and overseas. He has had many successful one-man exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Tokyo and San Francisco and has had his works reproduced in limited edition books and prints.
Originally from New Zealand he spent four years in Europe and London travelling and studying art before making his home permanently in Australia. His early painting years were spent in the Southern Highlands of NSW and it was here in the 1970’s that the soft misty light often found in the Highlands was first introduced into his paintings and is now a well-known and looked for feature in his works today.
Ramon now lives and paints in Sydney, but is drawn to the great historic cities of Europe – especially Paris – where he enjoys to capture the softer European light against a background of historic buildings and monuments. He brings to his studies of city life – the outdoor cafes, flower markets and historic buildings –a soft study in light that that has always been uniquely his own.
“To me Paris is a city of reflections and silvery light. Different times of the day and season affect the hues of the stonework on the old buildings and the frequent rain showers allow the pavements to reflect the surrounding colour. There is always a new painting around every corner and an entirely different aspect to a favourite subject.
I get many comments on the figures seen in my work and I explain that I like to use the figures to lead the observer into the painting and the landscape beyond. Although not the subject of the painting, it gives a focal point and over the years they have become a recognizable feature of my works. “