Ron Sloan paintings opening Saturday in New Haven
New Haven Free Public Library Art Gallery
133 Elm St., New Haven
"I Paint": Visionary Artworks by Ronald J. Sloan
Apr. 19—May 23, 2008
Artist Reception: Sat., Apr. 26, 2008, 2:30—4:30 p.m.
Outsider, Obsessive, visionary, self-taught, Surrealist. All of these describe Ron Sloan's artwork. The imagery in his paintings carries elements of the mysterious, the morbid, the natural, and the magical. The vivid intensity of his color palette and the echoing, leaning sinewy figures consistently builds each piece into a Blakean Fearful A-symmetry.
Obsessive, indeed, as a visit to Ron Sloan's studio revealed at least four work-areas of on-going multiple painting projects, with dozens of vivid and completed works populating all available spaces and walls!
Sloan's work is part of numerous private collections and has been included in hundreds of group and solo exhibits around the country during his forty plus years of painting.
Ron Sloan was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1932. The Fellowships he has been awarded over the years—1984 and 1985, at the Provincetown MA Fine Arts Work Centre, an NEA Grant for Painting in 1987, and a 1995 Grant for Painting by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts—have enabled him to generate a vast array of paintings. He presently lives in Norfolk, CT.