RONALD CANN: RECENT WORK and SKETCHES FROM TAUNTON FLOWER SHOW 8 August – 4 September 2016
An exciting exhibition of paintings by a well known local artist
The Creative Innovation Centre is pleased to host an exciting exhibition of paintings by well known local artist Ronald Cann.
Having taught art for many years, Ronald, inspired by the local scene and his travels in Europe and North America, is now pleased to be able to paint for pleasure.
As well as teaching, he has worked as a freelance designer, specialising in travel literature and even Wild West strip cartoons.
Ronald has had numerous one-man shows and contributed to many group exhibitions. His work is in collections in England, Europe, Canada and the U.S.A.
Each piece of work in this exhibition has been sketched, photographed and researched on the spot – a fact which lends integrity to the work.
Alongside his paintings, Ronald will be exhibiting prints, cards and his wonderful sketchbooks, and work from his Artist- in- Residence at Taunton Flower Show.
Statement: At the Taunton Flower Show for speed’s sake I worked in a variety of drawing methods: outline pens, coloured felt pens and pencils.
As well as immediate work, I have 15 or so framed pictures of subjects relating mainly to recent visits earlier this year. In April we stayed in a small resort near Marseilles called Les Lecques. From there we visited hill towns and ports, often by bus. I sketch whenever possible, take photos too, and develop ideas in various ways and sizes. There are examples on show of in situ sketch books and larger ones where themes have been done in the studio. Included also in this section is other Mediterranean work from last year’s trip to Calabria.
Recently, with an Art Appreciation group we went to Cookham to see the Stanley Spencer Art Gallery. The village itself has a view by him round every corner. In May this year we cruised down the Danube. I soon filled half a sketch book despite the poor weather – rain in Austria and snow in Hungary. A couple of Russian scenes are also included.
It’s always the genius loci I am interested in but I’m only too pleased to abstractify when relevant.