Ron Bolt

About Ron Bolt

Ron Bolt

Born in Toronto in 1938, Ron Bolt attended the Ontario College of Art and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Very active in the Toronto arts community, Bolt was a founding member of Visual Arts Ontario and elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art as member then President.  Bolt has had 65 solo exhibitions since 1965. His artworks are held in many public and corporate collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, MacKenzie Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Peterborough.

Skilled in the trompe l’oeil technique, Bolt creates emotive images of coastal and river waterways. Early in his career he was influenced by abstraction and adopted a minimalist approach to subject matter. However, Bolt turned to oil and more complex compositions in rich color after residencies in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland and the Mohave Desert as well as an expedition down Snake River in the Yukon.

Working primarily in oil on board, Bolt explores the Canadian landscape through images of moving water, shorelines, translucent waves and expansive skies.