Valley glide

Ronald Lowe

English ( b.1932 - d.1985 )

Valley glide

  • Acrylic on canvas
  • Signed lower left

Image size 19.5 inches x 29.5 inches ( 49.5cm x 75cm )
Frame size 25.8 inches x 35.6 inches ( 65.5cm x 90.5cm )

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Sold by Big Sky Fine Art; this original painting by Ronald Lowe, dating from around 1968.
The painting is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame (which is shown in these photographs). The painted surfaces and canvas have benefitted from cleaning and conservation, which took place in 2014 on our instructions.
This vintage painting is in very good condition, commensurate with its age. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
Created when the artist resided at College House, St. Thomas’ Green, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.

Ronald Lowe was a Yorkshire man by birth, but from 1959 lived and worked in Wales, and established himself as one of the leading Welsh artists of the twentieth century.

He studied at Leeds College of Art 1949-1955, with Richard Macdonald and Keith Lucas, and then in London. He served in the Army as an education officer, then moved to Wales and continued his career in education. He taught first in a school in Haverfordwest and then as a lecturer in the History of Art in both the University of Aberystwyth and the University of Swansea. The artist Maurice Sheppard was one of his students and there was a close working relationship between the two artists, with Sheppard frequently visiting Lowe’s studio in Pembrokeshire. Lowe also became Her Majesty’s Inspector of Art for Wales.

When not teaching Lowe was painting and his open expansive style developed over the years and brought him much recognition, He took part in many group shows, including the Royal Academy and the Howard Roberts’ Gallery, Cardiff. He also had many one-man exhibitions, starting with Dillwyn Gallery, Swansea. These were mainly in Wales, but also in America.

Today his work is found in many public collections, including the Welsh National collection and University College, Swansea.

Lowe loved to paint landscapes, to capture the beauty of scenes from his native Yorkshire and Wales. His later works include stunning and dramatic views, sometimes from an aerial perspective, of which this is an excellent example.

This original work depicts a wonderful colourful valley, with vast hills all around it. We have a wonderful sense of soaring through the sky, of movement and speed. The view comes into focus, full of light and colour – yellows, orange, soft hues of purple and turquoise, and bright shafts of golden sunlight through a pink sky. There is perhaps a settlement at the foot of the hills and we can trace the outline of hedges around the fields. The overall impression is one of light and positivity.