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ARTIST

FRANCOIS DE MONTHOLON

Ronny Moortgat was born in Niel in Belgium in 1951.Ronny’s focus is on maritime subjects, which is the legacy of his childhood spent growing up on the banks of the River Schelde, sailing on the inland waterways of Holland and around the channel coast, and of family connections with the shipping business and barges. Trained as a technical draftsman, Ronny has since combined his own more Impressionist approach with the strictly classical. Loose brushstrokes and the evocation of detail and atmosphere characterise his work.

 

Further to maritime scenes, Ronny also paints landscape and still life scenes, the latter of which evoke the style of the Flemish Old Masters and bear testimony to his tutelage under Willem Dolphyn.Ronny is a member of the Belgian Society of Maritime Artists (1995), has been selected as a Member to the Royal Society of Marine Artists (2004), and has featured in prestigious publications including the Dictionary of Sea Painters by E. Archibald (2000) and a volume on the Royal Society of Marine Artists (2005).

 

He has since exhibited his works at the International Maritime Exhibition at Mystic Seaport and won two prizes for excellence. He has been selected as one of the core artist at Mystic Seaport 2017. Ronny has completed commissions for numerous organisations and private companies, and his work is to be found in the National Maritime Museum of Antwerp, as well as in private collections in Belgium, Germany,France, Italy, Sweden, China, Japan and Great Britain and the USA.

He shows a sensitivity and accuracy of tone at times imbued with a certain romantic melancholy.