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Ronald F. Smith, R.G.I. (B. 1946)
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Ronald F. Smith, R.G.I. (B. 1946)

Dubrovnik

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Ronald F. Smith, R.G.I. (B. 1946)
Dubrovnik
signed 'Smith' (lower left) and signed 'Ronald F. Smith' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
34 x 30 in. (86.5 x 76 cm.)
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Lot Essay

Ronald Smith's oeuvre includes many Scottish landscapes as well as views from his travels on the Continent, such as Dubrovnik. He is inspired by the work of artists such as Henri Matisse and Nicolas de Stäel, sharing their fascination with abstraction, colour and form. Smith's landscape visions are characterised by his innovative exploration of colour harmonies and painterly approach to portraying the natural world. However, it is his passion for the medium of paint itself that distinguishes his style. Smith's ability to apply paint expressively to the canvas creates a surface with a texture, depth and richness of its own.

Smith attended the Glasgow School of Art in 1969 where he was taught under James Downie Robertson (see lots 265-6). In 1987 he won the David Cargill Award at the Royal Glasgow Institute where he was elected a member in 1999. Smith retired early from his post as Principal Teacher of Art and Design at Bellshill Academy in 2002 in order to focus on his career as an artist. In that year he received a commission from Cunard for paintings and prints for their new liner, the QM2. Smith has taken part in numerous exhibitions throughout his career in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Truro and London.
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