(Dayton, Ohio) – Award winning artist, Ronnie Williams, will exhibit a retrospective of work at the Edward A. Dixon Gallery (February 2020). The exhibition will feature several of Ronnie’s large and small scale oil paintings that cover a range of subjects from nature to popular culture to social issues.
With the ability to bring any image to life with color, vibrancy and naturalism, Ronnie stated “I wanted my paintings to mean something.” Using familiar settings and themes, Ronnie is able to accomplish this with a mix of every day images, analogies and allegory.
Ronnie began his professional art career over 40 years ago. Beginning in the 1970s, he was a student of art at the College of the Dayton Art Institute, Wilmington College and Wright State University, learning about art history and artists that would later influence his work. However, Ronnie is a didactic or self-taught artist from an early age, learning his skills outside of the classroom without the benefit of artistic mentor. Ronnie developed his skill as an artist capable of working with equal skill in various media such as pencil drawing, watercolor and oil painting.
These skills would earn Ronnie many awards and prizes over the years and he has placed 1st or Best of Show in several art shows across the Midwest including Best of Show at the Indiana Black Expo and Best of Show and the Governor’s Award at the Ohio State Fair. Ronnie has also been commissioned to create artwork for many prominent business people, as well as, the portraits of judges that hang in Municipal Court building in Sidney, Ohio.
Ronnie’s talent for naturalism and realism give viewers so much to take in whether it’s the brush work on hand woven baskets, the glimmer of waves, the hustle of a busy street or the emotion in the faces of his subjects.
Several of Mr. Williams paintings and prints will be on display and available at the Edward A. Dixon Gallery throughout the month of February beginning with the Opening Reception on the 7th from 6pm-8:30pm.