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 Ronald William (Ron) Bolt  (1938 - )

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Lived/Active: Ontario / Canada      Known for: easel and mural painting, printmaking, commercial art

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Ron Bolt is a painter, printmaker, commercial artist and muralist who was born in Toronto, Canada and presently lives in Baltimore, Ontario.  His mediums are oil, acrylic, lithography and collage.  His early subjects were lyrical abstracts, and for the last 30 years mostly landscapes, rock formations, rivers, shorelines, mountains and seascapes.  His most recognized style is photo realism.  He accepts the description of his style as belonging to the “Northern Romantic Tradition” a term coined by the art critic Robert Rosenblum.  The tradition, Rosenblum claims, started with Caspar David Friedrich then to Turner, Constable and the Pre-Raphaelites.  Bolt also cites as influences; Van Gogh and Mark Rothko.
 
He graduated from Northern Technical School (Toronto) in 1957.  In addition, he studied at the Ontario College of Art, Ryerson Polytechnic Institute (1957), and he graduated as an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto/1961).  He has traveled extensively in Canada, the U.S.A., Mexico, the Caribbean, Great Britain, Europe, Australia, China and Japan.
 
He was an art instructor at the Northern Technical School from 1971 to 1974.  He also taught painting and art appreciation at the Learning Resources Centre, Toronto; summer school in Newfoundland; and numerous workshops, lectures and seminars.  He wrote a textbook on painting (Acrylics) for the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Recreation.  
 
In 1974, he was one of the founders of "Visual Arts Ontario", the largest artist organization in Canada, dedicated to advancing artists’ careers and the appreciation of the visual arts by the public.  He was a co-founder of ART magazine.
 
He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1985 and was its President from 2000 to 2002.  He is also a member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists (Montreal).
 
He has had over 70 one man exhibitions and participated in dozens of group exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, England, Turkey, Japan and China.  The venues have included the International Biennial Print Exhibition (Taipei Museum of Fine Art/ 1985), the 39th North American Print Exhibition (Boston/1987), the Third Biennial Exhibition of Prints (Japan/1989), the Tate (England/2000), the Art Institute of Shen Zhen (China/ 2000), and over a dozen museums in Canada.
 
His works are in many private, corporate and public collections. Some of the public collections are the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina, Saskatchewan), the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and many more. His murals can be viewed at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario; Minto Place, Ottawa; and Newmarket Court House (Ontario).
 
His awards and honors are numerous and include the Canada 125 Medal in 1992, the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the RCA’s Centennial Medallion in 2005.
 
As a prominent Canadian artist his work has been discussed in many magazine and newspaper articles.  He is listed in A Dictionary of Canadian Artists (1974), by Colin S. MacDonald, published by Canadian Paperbacks Ltd. (8 volumes); in The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar, published by Westbridge Publications Ltd. (4 volumes); and in Who’s Who in American Art 2001-2002, 24th Edition (2001), published by Marquis (1490 pgs).

He is also the author of three books Acrylics (1976), published by the Ontario Government; The Beat and the Still (1990), published by Northern Editions; and The Inner Ocean (1980), Merritt Publishing.

 
Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke
 
 

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