Ron Freeborn has painted all his life.
After studying Fine Art for 4 years in the fifties,
he served for two years in the Forces (Cyprus). He was Head of Art in
Didcot, Oxon. for the last 40 years, and he has planted firm roots at the
edge of the Berkshire Downs over this time.
His paintings are in private collections in all 5
He specialises in teaching senior students (from 6th
Form, A-level upwards), experienced painters, & graphic designers. For
one year he was seconded to M.O.M.A., Oxford as Education Officer.
His painting subjects cover a broad range and he has
various styles: Venice, landscape, figure compositions, portraits,
abstract, still-life, Theatre, Opera.
He works generally on a theme for a considerable period using different
materials; oil, acrylic, pencil, ink, chalk, water colour etc. He is both
prolific and experimental, and he says of himself “ that being
involved with teaching for over 40 years, I am continually exposed to
various influences and motivations from students. Your mind is kept alert
by ideas, opportunities and countless visual images, which follow you
home. I find that guiding and encouraging people to be creative is very
rewarding and simulating, and you often find that you `shoot from the
hip’! It requires energy.
It is not surprising therefore that my own work is
diverse in realisation and subject matter, which also reflects my various
interests and lifestyle. I continue to rejoice in making marks in line and
colour and creating a pictorial structure from virtually any source that
appeals. The content of the
subject determines the approach.”
Ron Freeborn’s work is influenced by travels
abroad, and his considerable involvement in performing arts. Ron is a
trustee of the Blewbury Players, he has directed all 6 of the Blewbury
Operas, and is Chairman of the Oxford Concerto Orchestra. This has led to
a tremendous variety of experience, and styles, which indicate an artist
enjoying the fullness of his talent.
He has many successful one man shows over the years
and continues to exhibit mainly in South Oxon.
His annual course for experienced artists to Venice
is always over-subscribed.