Ron Lindsey: 50th Anniversary Gallery #5
Paul's Pitcher and Seashell by Ron Lindsey
Acrylic on board
18" x 20"
This painting is acrylic and modeling paste on board. Paul Fayard gave me the small turquoise pitcher and LaRita Smith gave me the seashell. The almost petrified wild orange is from my tree. I had the Italian artist Morandi in mind as I painted this one.
Lesley remembers: With many of our artists comes a new story and a new learning about art for me. My perceptions exploded when I got to know Ron because of his approach to art and his vision. His paintings of Vicksburg houses and scenes and his still lifes turned the subjects into textures, into shapes and into colors. When I would look into his work, the surface would reveal layer after layer. Where you might expect one color, there were many, all with something to say. Ron also contributed to my art education by sharing some of his influences with me, including Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Diebenkorn, and Rufino Tamayo.
I always enjoyed visiting Ron’s studio in Clinton. His touch and his eye had transformed a small apartment in a Victorian two story into a magical place full of exotic folk art he had collected from Mexico; and his passion for Mexico fed my own, eventually leading to a visit to Qaxaca with him.
Ron remembers: I discovered the Attic Gallery in the mid-1980's. I was directed there by Fletcher and Carol Cox and Martha C. Weatherall. They all told me that it was a wonderful and intriguing place. Little did I know.
I climbed those stairs and entered the gallery trying to keep a low profile. Fairly soon I was rooted-out by Lesley. The first thing that she said to me was "You're an artist aren't you?"
In the spring of 1988 I was in Vicksburg painting plein air, The Attic was preparing for a group show and Lesley asked me to bring my painting inside. She whispered something in Daniel's ear and he said "Well, I don't see why not?" That's how I was included in my first Attic show. I had to hustle to meet the deadline, painting furiously. I sold nothing at the opening and was discouraged. Then Lesley bought the first one and by the end of the month I had sold them all! I've been showing there now for 33 years. I love the Attic. It means the world to me. Lesley and Daniel have always been great supporters and friends. They have promoted my work and encouraged me when times were lean. I am very proud and happy to be part of this 50-year celebration.
I was born in Meridian, Mississippi in 1952. I grew up in Union and Clinton and I got a degree in Art from Mississippi College. I studied and worked with Karl and Mildred Nungester Wolfe for several years. I have taught in the Jackson Public Schools and for 14 years, until my recent retirement, I taught at the Mississippi State Hospital.