The most recent exhibition I went to was that of my grandad Ron Waddams (25th-30th May 2009 - Jordans meeting house) who throughout my A- level Art and Design Degree has been of constant inspiration to me.
Ron Waddams, born in 1920 used to work as a graphic designer but now spends his time, painting in a distinctive style, using elements from the near and distant past to create contemporary expression of spiritual and humanitarian concerns. Many of the works are reflections on living without conflict, and refer to the aims of the United Nations charter.
Becoming...(Before being) 1995
Prisoners of Conscience 2004
Desolation and Regeneration 1987
His simplified abstract shapes and strong dynamic rhythms speak of time present but also recall the linearity of Egyptian tomb painting and the calm gestures of medieval European religious imagery. By using elements from the near and distant past and by fusing them into his individualistic style he has created a contemporary expression of spiritual and humanitarian concerns. Also evident is his physical pleasure in using few, bold colours and in imposing the discipline of applying them in precisely drawn areas. Most of the artworks are produced on large scales and are painted in acrylics.