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Ronnie Ford was born in Dunoon, Scotland and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He is a full- time professional artist who launched his career with sell-out shows in Hong Kong and London. He has built a strong international presence with successful group and solo shows in Europe, Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA.
“If you were to classify the work of the painter, Ronnie Ford, you might say that in terms of colour it belongs to the ‘Vibrant School’ of landscape painting; reached by way of Van Gogh, the Fauves, Rothko, the Op artists Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley. And, of course, one would have to take into account the oriental use of strong colour harmonies to recreate the ‘chi’ or ‘life energy’ of any specific location. These landscapes are all about preserving the integrity of the place while expressing something of the feelings that were aroused in the artist by having been there.”
– Anne Ellis - Art critic
Ford’s work features a highly textured surface and use of contrasting colours which capture the landscape in a personal and evocative way, pulling at the heart strings and stimulating the brain. He follows the dictum of the Chinese masters who believed that anyone can copy a landscape which lies before them, but only a true master can capture its spirit.
“I study the landscape, then distance myself from it physically and with time, in order to filter out unnecessary detail and use my memory to capture the spirit of what I have seen on my canvases. As a result my paintings are often not representations of any particular place, but more of the impression that place has left upon me.”
Ronnie’s work is in private, public and corporate collections worldwide, including the French Consulate, Hong Kong, Bank of South Australia, Strathclyde University, NHS Scotland. He has several commissioned pieces in the Cotswold House Hotel, officially opened by Sir Terence Conran and he has donated works to Princes Trust, Esther Benjamins Trust, Society for Aids Care, Mary’s Meals, Muir Maxwell Trust, MacMillan Cancer Care among many other charities.
His work has appeared on television several times and was used as a major feature of MTV music video by Canto pop and film star, Sammie Cheng. Ronnie’s work has been featured several times in Elle Decoration, Eve International, Boutique, The Tatler, Homes and Interiors, Scotland and Scottish Field. His work has also been reviewed in Ming Tao, South China Sunday Post, The Hong Kong Standard, The HK Magazine, Uptown Magazine, The Saturday Herald, Cover Magazine (Hong Kong), Bonita News-Press and Florida Weekly.
In a juried show in USA he was awarded an Honourable Mention as well as voted the People’s Choice Award for his work. His proposal for a large installation was one of 15 selected for an exhibition opening at the Sydney and Berne Davis Art Centre, Florida before going on a tour of the USA. Ronnie’s bas-relief painting of Buddha was chosen as a centrepiece for an exhibition in the Homage to Buddha show at the daas Gallery in Florida.
Sponsors of Ronnie’s shows have included Virgin Atlantic Airways, Remy Martin and Mega Reve. He recently formed the Vibrant Arts Movement, promoting young artists and musicians in a creative spiral of art inspiring music inspiring dance inspiring poetry inspiring food. He has recently worked with the Vibrant Arts Band, German composer, David Hueger and 8 times Emmy Award-winning flautist Kat Epple.
“My landscapes take the viewer on a journey – a journey which captures the essence, rather than a representation, of the scene. Nature never ceases to amaze with her subtlety and vibrancy, her density and variety of texture, her attention to detail, her sense of space. Enjoy the crosslights of dawn and dusk, the rich tapestry of wild meadows, the confetti of autumn, the mirrored reflections on still lochs and ponds, the sparkle of the waterfall. Journey around the contours of the vineyards and lavender fields, march with the trees across the horizon, lose yourself in the open spaces.”