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|The following biographical information, submitted November 2010, is from Karen Ballard:|
I knew Ron Ekholm from 1967-1972 or so, and when I met him, he was
living in Ardmore, Pennsylania. We spent time with each other's
families, and most
of the information I have about his background was told to me by
them. He is a Swedish Finn, or that is how he characterized
himself to me, and speaks both Swedish and Finnish. He spoke
Swedish with my Swedish grandfather.
His father was a merchant marine captain sailing for Venezuela or
Argentina during WWII. His ship was captured and he was sent to a
prisoner of war camp in Newfoundland where Ron was born. When I
met Ron, his parents lived in an apartment in Wynnwood; his older
sister lived in NJ with her husband and children; and his brother lived
in Finnland. Ron had lived in Finland for sometime and,
according to him, briefly served in the military in that country. Ron
lived with his parents in Trinidad for some years, and it was
there, according to him, that he drew constantly and taught himself to
When they moved to the United States Ronnie attended Hussian (he
always said Hessian?) art school, and he worked as a commercial artists
drawing a lot of condominiums (it seemed that was the main
client). He later worked freelance out of basement studio for a
man in Overbrook. He did sell his work through a gallery in
center city but I do not recall its name. He sold several pieces
to one particular collector in Devon, I believe. He was married
briefly to a woman named Kathy and had a daughter.
Ron Ekholm was most particularly influenced by Andrew Wyeth and
certainly emulated his work. In fact he would drive out to
Chadd's Ford and tramp around
looking for barns, forests and fields that he could photograph.
He worked largely from photographs (at least at the time we hung out)
and did occasionally enlarge the photo with a device he called a
"lucy". Once I saw him use something like a camera obscura to
project and enlarge a photo.
Ronnie almost always worked in water colors because he had no patience
with waiting for paint to dry and I am sure because it was less
expensive. He worked quick and dirty; i.e. he would use whatever
he could find to get the effect he wanted. This included
sandpaper, sand, ashes, spit, coffee....
He experimented with many styles and was quite proficient in them and
did some work that reminded me of Roualt. He did some work with
pastels, liked charcoal, but mostly he used water colors and tempera on
paper or board.
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