Says Bolt: “I began my career some 50 years ago as an abstract painter concerned only with colour and form and how they could unlock subconscious feelings for the natural world. Although my work has evolved into what some have termed “photo realism” my methods remain the same. What is appreciated by the public as realism stems from my initial approach to nature in abstract terms. I attribute my emotional response to what the English critic Edward Lucie Smith referred to as my “Northern Romanticism.”
“These new paintings have been a rediscovery for me of the stunning macro-microcosm of the West Coast. Of course, every painting is a voyage of discovery for the artist, and, I hope, for the viewer.”
Ron Bolt was born in Toronto in 1938. He studied at Northern Technical School in Toronto, graduating as gold medalist in 1955. He also took night courses at the Ontario College of Art and Ryerson Polytechnic. In 1961 he received an Associate Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Bolt’s paintings, prints and limited edition books are in the collections of museums, public galleries and major libraries in Canada and abroad including Queen’s University, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art in Wakayama, Japan. He has completed two mural commissions for the Canadian government, as well as three books and a number of installation works.
Bolt paints realistic landscapes. For him, places are living records that provide insights into our cultural and national heritage. His work has been shown in over 50 solo exhibitions in public and commercial galleries in Canada, and he has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, England, Japan and China. He was the president of The Royal Canadian Academy from 2000-2002.