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William Ronald (Willam Ronald Smith) was born on 13 August, 1926 in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, is a Painter. Discover William Ronald’s Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 72 years old?
|Willam Ronald Smith
|72 years old
|13 August 1926
|Stratford, Ontario, Canada
|Date of death
|(1998-02-09) Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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|$1 Million – $5 Million
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Besides painting, he became known as a CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) journalist, hosting such shows as The Umbrella beginning in 1966 and As It Happens (1969-1972), a columnist for the Toronto Telegram, and host of a Citytv variety show. He continued to paint through the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, moving to Montreal, Quebec, and then to Barrie, Ontario where he maintained a studio. He gained some notoriety for his portrait series of Canadian Prime Ministers, a pioneering highly abstracted portrayal of heads of government opened by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in Toronto in 1984 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The exhibition toured Canada, despite warnings not to exhibit the less than flattering portrait of then Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. They are currently part of the permanent collection of the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery in Kitchener, Ontario. Never a stranger to criticism or polemics, Ronald loved to paint in public, frequently hiring strippers and showgirls to dance around him as he painted. He continued to paint until his death in 1998 and in fact suffered a heart attack while painting Untitled. He succumbed a few days later.
William Ronald was born in Stratford, Ontario, but he and his family moved to Fergus, Ontario where his father worked as a market gardener. When he was in his teens, he and his family moved to Brampton, Ontario. He attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, graduating in 1951. He worked as a display designer for the Robert Simpson Co. department store, starting in 1952. At the same time, he had begun to exhibit his abstract work with the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, Ontario Society of Artists, the Canadian Group of Painters, the Royal Canadian Academy, and elsewhere. During these exhibitions he met other abstract artists such as Ray Mead. At Simpsons in 1953, he persuaded management to pair abstract paintings with furniture displays in store windows (it was called the Abstracts at Home show and used the work of Ronald and his friends). He thereby discovered a way to get the public to accept non-representational art. With artist friends of a like mind, he founded Painters Eleven in 1953, the first abstract painting group in Ontario. Despite the success of the group, Ronald resented the city’s general attitude toward its artists and moved to the United States in 1957, eventually becoming an American citizen. Ronald joined the stable of artists at Manhattan’s Kootz Gallery, where he was put on retainer. He was accepted by critics, collectors, and artists such as Franz Kline, and enjoyed a multi-year period of success. Eventually, Ronald returned to Toronto, as a landed immigrant in the country of his birth, partly due to changing trends in the art market and partly because he could not get along with Kootz. In 1969, he painted a mural for the National Arts Centre, Ottawa. He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1975.
William Ronald Smith RCA (August 13, 1926 – February 9, 1998), known professionally as William Ronald, was an important Canadian painter, best known as the founder of the influential Canadian abstract art group Painters Eleven in 1953 and for his abstract expressionist “central image” paintings. He was the older brother of painter John Meredith (1933–2000).