Our Spotlight On blogs and vlogs introduce thirteen of the artists featured in exhibition ‘Spotlight On: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection of Chippenham Museum’. The second in a series, the exhibition presents 40 works acquired in the last five years to ensure our collection better represents North Wiltshire’s creativity, with the majority of works donated by the artists.
Please introduce yourself: What is your name, where are you based, what medium/style do you work in?
My name is Ron. George. I am a retired academic who has led art schools in Universities throughout my career. For ten years I also worked with the European League of Art Schools based in Amsterdam and I have led groups of artists in London, Cardiff, Leeds and Bath. I now have a studio in Reybridge near Lacock where I work every day. Trained as a painter by members of the Euston Road School my work has retained those influences, is often semi abstract and mostly produced in oil on canvas. I have made paintings since the age of 14 and have had the good fortune to exhibit and sell since that time.
Why did you want to be involved with this project?
The invitation to take part has been welcomed as an opportunity to share my practice with the local community. I normally exhibit through one man shows across the country every year and this local model of exchange is warmly welcomed.
How did you decide which piece to donate to the museum and can you tell us more about it?
The painting donated is a portrait of a local woman and was made recently. I chose this piece because it has the quality of painting which I seek in finished work. Although much of my work has more abstract content I make portraits regularly as they keep me connected with lifestyles that should not be ignored.
Portrait of Kathryn, oil on canvas, 2020
Why do you think having public access to local art is so important, such as through this new collection being created at Chippenham Museum?
Public access to all forms of art is vital if we are to retain a considered and critical view of our society. I congratulate the Museum on this initiative and am confident that their collection will be a significant contribution to future thinking in this area.
Why do you think North Wiltshire has such a creative culture?
The South West region’s arts communities foster and promote such local activity. It needs to be valued and promoted.
‘Spotlight On: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection of Chippenham Museum’ is free to visit 17 May – 19 June. Open Monday – Saturday with two ways to visit: drop in 10am – 1pm or book a free Private View for up to six people or two households at 1pm, 2pm or 3pm.
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