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 Ronald Ekholm  (1942 - )

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania / Finland      Known for: painting

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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 draw.

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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