Torrance Gallery Edinburgh Festival Exhibition

Posted on July 19th, 2012
Wide Sky over Vineyards 25x25cm mixed media on wrapped canvas

Wide Sky over Vineyards (study) 25x25cm mixed media on wrapped canvas

YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED to the PRIVATE VIEW of……

The Torrance Gallery Edinburgh Festival Exhibition, opening 28th July at Torrance Gallery, 36 Dundas Street, Edinburgh.

I am delighted to be showing a new collection of works, inspired by my recent visits to France, in this exciting group show, which will be in the gallery till 25 August.

Here is a sneak preview of some of the works featured in the exhibition.

Champs de Ble  30x30cm  mixed media on wrapped canvas

Champs de Ble (study) 30x30cm mixed media on wrapped canvas

La Cote de Beaute  20x20cm mixed media on wrapped canvas

La Cote de Beaute (study) 20x20cm mixed media on wrapped canvas

Last Lights  20x20cm mixed media on wrapped canvas

Last Lights (study) 20x20cm mixed media on canvas, framed

Les Couleurs du Sud 30x30cm mixed media on wrapped canvas

Les Couleurs du Sud (study) 30x30cm mixed media on wrapped canvas

Southern Dream (study)  25x25cm mixed media on wrapped canvas

Southern Dream (study) 25x25cm mixed media on wrapped canvas

Pins Parasols (study) 30x30cm mixed media on wrapped canvas

Pins Parasols (study) 30x30cm mixed media on wrapped canvas

Mediterranee (study) 40x40cm mixed media on canvas, framed

Mediterranee (study) 40x40cm mixed media on canvas, framed

PRIVATE VIEWS with wine are Friday 27 July 6pm-8pm and Saturday 28 July 11am-1pm

There are no parking restrictions on a Saturday north of Heriot Row/Abercromby Place

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Spring 2012 Exhibitions

Posted on March 1st, 2012

A Cote de la Mer

A Cote de la Mer

Ronnie Ford commission

Ronnie Ford commission

Olive Groves and Lavender Fields

Olive Groves and Lavender Fields

Rhythms of the land

Rhythms of the land

Tranquilite

Tranquilite

Serenite

Serenite

See my new works in the following venues this spring:

IONA HOUSE GALLERY, Woodstock, Oxfordshire is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an exhibition of their best-loved artists over the last ten years since their opening.

From 10 March 2012

www.ionahousegallery.org

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR with KINGS ROAD GALLERY, LONDON

15-18 March 2012

www.kingsroadartgallery.com

TORRANCE GALLERY, Edinburgh

Spring Show 7 April – 5 May 2012

Details the week before the show at www.torrancegallery.co.uk

And also in the CURRENT COLLECTION at ODE TO ART, Singapore.

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New Facebook page

Posted on September 23rd, 2011

Ronnie now has a presence on Facebook. To subscribe you can click on the Facebook logo in this post and hit ‘Like’.facebooklogofresh

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Solo Show at Torrance Gallery Edinburgh

Posted on September 9th, 2011

My annual solo show at Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh is scheduled to open on 24 September.

My inspiration has come from my recent visits to my home in France, where the lavender, sunflowers and vineyards provided a wealth of colour and texture.

You will be able to preview the show on the Torrance website in the week before the exhibition.  

I am taking part once again in the Scottish Show at Iona House Gallery in Woodstock in Oxfordshire, which will feature, as requested, the vibrancy of autumn in my canvases. The reception party is on October 15th.

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It’s not too late…..

Posted on July 25th, 2011

It’s not too late to visit:

Kranenburg Fine Art Summer Show in Oban

Autumn on the Holy Loch

Autumn on the Holy Loch

Vista Palace Hotel Summer Show in Roquebrune Cap Martin, France with Tanya Baxter Contemporary and The Kings Road Gallery, London

Reves de Provence

Reves de Provence

SunflowersCurrently in France surrounded by inspiration and creating small sketches and studies to be worked up into large canvases for Autumn shows.

Coming Up

  • New Works – a solo show at Torrance Gallery, Edinburgh, opening reception 24 September.
  • Scottish Show at Iona House Gallery, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, opening reception 15 October.
  • Art Fair in Hong Kong with Kings Road Gallery, London.  TBA

Glass Workshops at the Pier at Kilmun

In Association with Vibrant Arts and The Pier at Kilmun, we are delighted to invite you to a very special workshop event on 9, 10, or 11  September with Petra Kaiser, renowned glass artist.  Bookings are now being taken, so do reserve early, by telephoning the Pier at Kilmun

The Pier 01369  840418  More details soon…..

Petra Kaiser Glass Workshop

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Summer Exhibition – Kings Road Gallery & Tanya Baxter Contemporary

Posted on June 15th, 2011

The Vista Palace and Gerard Fossali, General Manager, are unveiling its “Summer Exhibition” in association with Kings Road Gallery & Tanya Baxter Contemporary, London on Wednesday 15th June (6.30 – 9.00 pm).

“Kings Road Gallery & Tanya Baxter Contemporary were awarded the Prix d’Excellence Trophy at Art Monaco, and will be showcasing a selection of works from the legends of Contemporary art including, Sacha Jafri, Le Quy Tong, Jean Marc Huss, Min Wae Aung, Duan Jun, Ren Si Hong, Ronnie Ford, Zhang Xiangming and Pip Todd Warmoth.”

Details can be found here [PDF].

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Back in Scotland – hard at work!

Posted on June 2nd, 2011

Winter in Florida

This year’s visit to my Florida studio was extended into April to allow me to help dismantle the Vibrant Arts Exhibition which ran for the month of  March at Howl Gallery in Downtown Fort Myers.

Painting in the sun a-cote-de-la-mer-study

blue-poppies-by-the-pondThomas Hall of Fort Myers Examiner, comparing my work to that of American icon Grant Wood:

“Similar concerns seem to be at play in Ford’s colorful landscapes. Ford not only wants his viewers to be able to count furrows, but the individual plants, flowers and blades of grass growing in his highly-textured fields. Trees don’t just rise organically from trunks rooted in the ground. They are sculpted into the foreground through a combination of thick impasto and deft brushwork. The straightforward style, textured surfaces and contrasting in-your-face colors all combine to infuse Ford’s TextureScapes with a vibrancy not experienced with purely representational works.”

To see a full report on the Vibrant Arts events in Florida go to www.vibrantartsmovement.com

Glass Class

ichebana dish by carol

Carol and I also enjoyed learning new glassmaking skills with our wonderful teacher of three years, Petra Kaiser, in her Fuse-it Studio in Cape Coral.  Petra is coming to Scotland in September to offer workshops in several venues.  More later….

dreams-of-provence

Since returning to UK I have been busy preparing for a group exhibition in Monaco with Kings Road Gallery, which runs from June to September in the world’s second smallest country.  I have also been busy working on a large commission which, when completed, will grace the walls of a villa on the Gold Coast in Australia;  and meeting the demands of my galleries in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

It’s not too late………….

…to visit the Spring Show of Small Paintings by top Scottish Artists at Kranenburg Fine Art in Oban where I have 9 small works on show. 

autumn-on-holy-loch cypress-dawn

Spring events at The Pier, Kilmun

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Students from Life College supplied the wonderful music, the Murray family and chef Ian provided the delectable dishes and impeccable service and I mounted the art work for the Sixties Evening in April and the Jazz Night in May.  Both events were much appreciated by the diners, art and music lovers who are enjoying the new ambience in the conservatory restaurant and throughout the newly refurbished guest house.  Look out for more events and join the dining club which offers discounts and privileges.

You can see my work currently in:

Macgregor Fine Art, Glasgow

Greens and Blues, North Berwick

Kings Road Gallery, Chelsea

Krnaneburg Fine Art, Oban

The Pier at Kilmun

Ode to Art, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur

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Artist in Residence at Butting Akademie

Posted on September 17th, 2010
Tea Break

Tea Break

Making a start

Making a start

As part of a Vibrant Arts Corporate event, Ronnie was invited to be Artist in Residence at Xpand‘s Human Resources Flipper Forum in the Butting Akademie in Knesebeck in Germany.

Over the two days of the conference he undertook a painting which reflected his impressions of the ambience of the 300-year-old building.

Ronnie chose to reflect the yellow of the Butting Akademie building’s exterior against the wonderful greens and shadows of its forest setting. A small part of the architecture peeks through the trees on the top right corner.

Having studied the Butting Akademie’s values before actually visiting the site, he had had the idea of painting a figure which represented those values.

En Plein Air

En Plein Air

Thanks to Monique for modelling, with her wonderful red hair which symbolises the copper for which the Butting company is famous. The white skin and flowers are representative of purity and truth.

The next stage was to stencil on, in copper, some of the important values of the company. These words appear in copper on the door of every room in the building – the House of Cooperation – valuing truth, teamwork, honesty, courage, openness, willingness to serve, creativity and flexibility to name a few.

Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

Ronnie left one small part of the painting unfinished for the evening performance. While the Vibrant Arts Band played a selection of new and vibrant pieces they had composed reflecting their musical feelings about Butting Akademie, Ronnie unveiled the painting and proceeded to paint live with the music to finish off the beautiful piece. The audience was delighted. The final painting was presented to the Butting Akademie as a gift for their collection. The evening performance was further enhanced by a spontaneous mime performance by Xpand trainer Krysztof Najdowski who blew the audience and artists away with his talent.

Butting Impressions

Butting Impressions

The following day it was the turn of the participants to be creative with paint. Ronnie introduced his session with a whirlwind history of art, a short demonstration of techniques and an encouragement that in art there are no wrongs. The participants could not believe how fast an hour-and-a-half could fly by. They each completed at least two successful abstract pieces which they took away with them.

It was a joyous experience for all involved and Carol and Ronnie would like to thank everyone at the Butting Akademie for exceptional hospitality.

Getting lost in Art

Getting lost in art

Time Flies

Time Flies

For more information about Xpand’s courses visit http://www.xpand.eu/uk/

Vibrant Art

Vibrant Art

For more information about Butting Akademie visit http://www.butting-akademie.de/

Upcoming Vibrant Arts Dining Event at The Pier, Kilmun where art inspires music inspires food – 30 October 2010.

Mini-tour Fort Myers Florida – March 2011.

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Homes and Interiors, Scotland Exhibition 27-29 August

Posted on August 25th, 2010

autumn-in-albi-mediumRonnie Ford is at Stand L15 at this weekend’s  Homes and Interiors Exhibition at the SECC in Glasgow this weekend.  He is delighted to be showing a new collection of original paintings and prints, and also showcasing new work by the Vibrant Artists,  Jonathan Jay Lee from Hong Kong, Marcello from Switzerland and David Acevedo from Florida.

Browse our collection.  Chat to the artist.  Try our competition to win your favourite Ronnie Ford print.  Enhance your home with a beautiful work of art.  pond-with-blue-poppies-medium-custom

 

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Vibrant Arts at the Pier, Kilmun

Posted on August 25th, 2010
Alan Reid cuts the Ribbon

Alan Reid cuts the Ribbon

The Pier at Kilmun was buzzing on Saturday 14 August when over eighty people popped in to welcome the Vibrant Arts. The sun shone on the beautiful lochside location, as international artists showed their work, the Vibrant Arts Band played music inspired by the art work, and chefs Estralita and Ian prepared artistic canapés, served on artists’ palettes, to the delighted crowd.

Vibrant Arts was founded in 2009 by Ronnie Ford, along with founder artists, David Acevedo from Florida, Jonathan Jay Lee from Hong Kong and Marcello from Switzerland. Following two successful exhibitions they were joined in October 2009 by German musicians Juergen Kast, Uwe Boehler, Nico Olivier and Ralf Feinstein who make up the Vibrant Arts Band. Their aim is for all the arts to inspire each other and to bring that inspiration to as wide an audience as possible, through dining events, gallery events, corporate events and education.

Artistic ice-cream

Artistic ice-cream

Following the success of Saturday’s taster event, this truly international group is joining forces with the team at The Pier to present a unique Vibrant Arts Dining Experience on 30 October, which will feature four artworks, four musical compositions and a delectable dinner menu also inspired by the art. Tables are being snapped up fast.

Inspired by Art

Inspired by Art

The Pier at Kilmun, the birthplace of Vibrant Arts Dining, has reached the top five restaurants in Smooth Radio’s Love Glasgow and The West Awards. Cast your vote at smoothradioglasgow.co.uk if you want to see a local winner!

The competition winners were: 1st Prize: T Fenwick, Innellan; 2nd Prize: J. Docherty, Greenock; 3rd prizes: B. Chapman, Innellan; W. Miller, Dunoon; S. MacRaild, Kilmun; S.Fisher, Bullwood.

The Team at the Pier

The Team at the Pier

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