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Van Gogh's Canary, 1985, acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 1/2 in, 91 x 123 cm

Born in Stratford, Ontario
1926 – 1998
William Ronald is an acclaimed Canadian abstract artist and founder of the Painters Eleven (Toronto, 1953). Painters Eleven was a group of Canadian avant-garde abstract painters that helped to establish Modern art in Canada.
  • Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
  • A student of Jock Macdonald and Hans Hofmann
  • Founder of Painters Eleven (pioneer movement of modern and abstract art in Canada


  • Hallmark Art Award, New York, NY, 1952
  • I.O.D.E. Scholarship, Canada, 1951
  • National Award, Canadian Section, International Guggenheim Awards, 1956
  • Second Biennial Exhibition of Canadian Painting, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1957

His works reside in the collections of many prominent museums/art galleries, i.e.:

  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Penna.
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  • Nelson A. Rockerfeller Collection, New York, NY
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
  • Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
  • Whitney Museum, New York, NY