absolutearts.com logo

ARTIST STATEMENT
EXHIBITION HISTORY
GALLERIES
MY FAVORITES


Artist Statement



Working as an illustrator and painter for more than 20 years, I have often utilized the figure in narratives to communicate the nature of the human condition.

I give each of my characters a role in my paintings that plays out like a scene from a motion picture. Carefully scripted by a personal experience, these characters go about their lives like you and me.

Many of my paintings depict tension or energy in some way. The tension is exhibited in an attitude, an action or in some activity on the canvas. The tension is either overt or more kinetic, but is almost palpable in each piece of artwork.

The size of my paintings, along with some personal connection, pulls you into the canvas. The drag of an alto saxophone fills the room in one painting while the noise deafens you; the smoke chokes you. A fight breaks out in the corner of the room on another canvas while a pool hustler wins a round. The subjects are infinite.

Henry O. Tanner, John Sloan, and George Bellows were masters at observing and translating these types of human conditions onto a canvas in oil. My technique, drawn from what I have observed from these artists, comes with a willingness to bare my soul and to capture my life experiences with each stroke of my paint brush.



Artist Exhibitions



ARTIST EXHIBITIONS:


The Columbus Historical Society:Scenes of Old Columbus art exhibit, Columbus, Ohio (2008)

Private Corporate Exhibit: Manley, Deas, Kochalski, LLC, Grandview, Ohio (2008)

The King Arts Complex: "Echoes of our Ancestors" art exhibit, Columbus, Ohio (2007)

High Road Gallery: "The Art Feast from The Metro East" art exhibit, Worthington, Ohio (2007)

Ohio Arts Council/CML 2nd Annual Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Art exhibition at CML, Columbus, Ohio (2007)

Wexner Center for the Arts: "Slideluck Potshow" in collaboration with Slideluck Potshow , Columbus, Ohio (2007)

Worthington Arts Council: "Landscapes en plein air by Ron Anderson", Worthington Municipal building, Worthington, Ohio (2007)

Worthington Arts Council: "Landscapes en plein air by Ron Anderson", Park National Bank, Worthington, Ohio (2007)

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center Gala at the Worthington Industries headquarters, 4/14/07, Worthington, Ohio (2007)

Columbus College of Art & Design (C.C.A.D.) Bi-Annual Faculty Art Exhibit, Columbus, Ohio (2006)

Ohio Arts Council/CML 1st Annual Online Visual Artist Registry Juried Art exhibition at CML, Columbus, Ohio (2006)

Ohio Art League Annual Juried Exhibition at the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, Columbus, Ohio (2006)

Private Corporate Exhibit: Nationwide Plaza III, Atrium, Columbus, Ohio (2006)

The O.S.U. Faculty Club: "Moments, Paintings by artist Ron Anderson", Solo exhibit, Columbus, Ohio (2006)

Ohio Art League 95th Annual Spring Juried Art Exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio (2006)

The German Village Society: "The Village Seen" exhibit, Columbus, Ohio (2005)

The King Arts Complex: "Cargo: The Middle Passage" permanent installation, Columbus, Ohio (2005)
(*Greater Columbus Arts Council 2006 Business Arts Partnership "Artistic Excellence" winner)

The Supreme Court of Ohio: "The Rule of Law" permanent installation, Columbus, Ohio (2005)

Private corporate exhibit, Quest Business Centers, Columbus, Ohio (2005)

Columbus College of Art & Design, Canzani Center: Reception, Alice Schille Society, Columbus, Ohio (2005)

Private corporate exhibit, McGraw-Hill Companies, Columbus, Ohio (2005)

Ohio Wesleyan, Richard M. Ross Art Museum: "Figuratively Speaking: The Human Figure in Art" Exhibition, Delaware, Ohio (2005)

Capital University, Schumacher Gallery: "African-American Artists of Central Ohio" Exhibition Bexley, Ohio (2005)

Springfield Museum of Art: "Walking the tightrope: Paintings by Ron Anderson" Solo Art Exhibition, Springfield, Ohio (2005)

Columbus College of Art & Design (C.C.A.D.) Bi-Annual Faculty Art Exhibit, Columbus, Ohio (2004)

The King Arts Complex: "When the Spirit moves: African-American Dance in History and Art" Juried Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (2004)

The King Arts Complex: "African-American Artistry" Juried Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (2005)

č The National Black Fine Art Show: The Puck Building SoHo, New York, New York (2004)

Ohio Women's Show/Greater Columbus Convention Center: Fine Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (2003)

The National Black Fine Art Show: The Puck Building, Exhibition, SoHo, New York (2003)

Experience Columbus: Fine Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (2002)

ACE Gallery: "Ohio Curator's Choice" Juried Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (2002) *Best of Show

Capital University, Schumacher Gallery: "African-American Artists of Central Ohio" Juried Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (2002)

Ohio Statehouse, George Washington Williams Memorial Room, permanent installation, Columbus, Ohio (2001)

Columbus College of Art & Design (C.C.A.D.): Bi-Annual Faculty Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (2001)

The Ohio State Fair: Fine Arts- Juried Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (2001)

"Concert in Blue" oil painting in the Experimental Category of the Annual Art Competition, sponsored by The Artist's Magazine: Finalist in Art Competition (2000)

The Ohio State Fair: Fine Arts- Juried Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1999) *Best of Show

The King Arts Complex: "Tribute to Jazz" Juried Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1999) *The First Annual Mahler Ryder Award

Columbus College of Art & Design (C.C.A.D.) Bi-Annual Faculty Art Exhibit, Columbus, Ohio (1999)

Central Ohio Art Teachers Concurrent Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1999) *Best of Show

Central Ohio Art Teachers Concurrent Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1998) *Best of Show

The Ohio State University/Hale Black Cultural Center: Fine Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1998)

Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center/Shot Tower Gallery: "African and African-American Art" Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1997)

Columbus College of Art & Design (C.C.A.D.) Bi-Annual Faculty Art Exhibit, Columbus, Ohio (1997)

Marble Gang Restaurant: Fine Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1997)

Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center/Shot Tower Gallery: "Faculty and Alumni Exhibition- Influence/Confluence" Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1996)

American Airlines installation "Marshland" oil painting: Business First/Greater Columbus Arts Council -13th Annual Business/Arts Partnership Awards Competition *Artist Award winner (1996)

Dream Studio Competition sponsored by The Artist's Magazine: One of 200 Finalists in Art Competition (1996)

Central Ohio Art Teachers Concurrent Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1996) *Best of Show

Central Ohio Art Teachers Concurrent Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1994) *Best of Show

Central Ohio Art Teachers Concurrent Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1993) *Best of Show

Online Computer Library Center (O.C.L.C.)/Art Gallery: Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1993)

Integrity Life Insurance of Worthington, Ohio: Fine Art Exhibition, Worthington, Ohio (1993)

The Worthington Arts Council: Art Auction, Worthington, Ohio (1992) *Best of Show

The Ohio State University/Ohio Student Union: Fine Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1992)

ACE Gallery: Fine Art Exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1992)

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (M.O.R.P.C.): "M.O.R.P.C. presents Arts in the Halls, Art by Ron Anderson: "Light, Shadow & Emotion" Solo Art exhibition, Columbus, Ohio (1992)

...

Artist Publications



Newspaper and Magazine articles in print


The Columbus Dispatch- Arts 09 23 07 – Page E6 “Links to the past: Works by blacks pay homage to teachers, tradition”- Echoes of our Ancestors exhibit at the King Arts Complex, Christopher A. Yates, The Columbus Dispatch Reporter

The Columbus Dispatch- Arts 06 10 07 – Page E6 “Two unexpected venues open works to everyone”- Ron Anderson's Art exhibit at the Worthington Municipal building, Christopher A. Yates, The Columbus Dispatch Reporter

The Columbus Dispatch- The Arts 03 25 07 – Page D1 “They had a Dream, Leaders of the King Arts Complex wanted to create a center for all”- Two decades at the King Arts Complex, Michael Grossberg, The Columbus Dispatch Reporter

The Columbus Dispatch- Visual Arts 12 24 06 – Page E4 “Exhibit, Elijah Pierce Gallery”- Greater Columbus Arts Council award of excellence for the permanent exhibition “ Cargo: The Middle Passage”, Christopher Yates, The Columbus Dispatch Arts Reporter

Short North Gazette- Art Review 07 06-Pages 22-23 "Ron Anderson's O.S.U. Faculty Club exhibit" Elizabeth Ann James, Writer

onCampus- Volume 35, No. 20 - 06 08 06- Page 2 "Decking the walls with Buckeye Art"
Solo art exhibit at The Ohio State University Faculty Club Julia Harris, Associate Editor

The Lantern- Arts 05 10 06- Page 10 "Moments with Ron Anderson" -
Solo art exhibit at The Ohio State University Faculty Club Jahir Johnson, Lantern Arts Writer

The Columbus Dispatch-Life 04 26 06- Page B3 "Business Arts Partnership, King Arts Complex receives 10,000.00 award" -
The King Arts Complex is the recipient of the GCAC Artistic Excellence Award for the
"Cargo: The Middle Passage" art installation featuring the triptych "Cargo" by Ron Anderson
Bill Mayr, The Columbus Dispatch Arts Reporter

Alive Volume, 21 Number 40 10 6 04 Page 16 "CCAD Faculty spread throughout the Canzani Center and beyond."
Columbus College of Art Design 2004 Faculty Biennial exhibition at the Canzani Center Gallery Melissa Starker, Writer


Suburban News Publications SNPonline.com- 11 02 05
"Exhibit of village-inspired work opens Friday."
German Village Society presents "The Village Seen" art exhibit Rosemary Kubera, Writer

Columbus' Urban Weekly-urban edition Week of 09 22-09 28, 2005 - Page 6 "Precious Cargo" -
The King Arts Complex installation exhibit, "Cargo: The Middle Passage" Article by Urban Edition Staff,

The Columbus Dispatch-Life 09 22 05 - Page B3 "Cargo" focuses on ships' survivors-
The King Arts Complex installation exhibit, "Cargo: The Middle Passage" Bill Eichenberger,
The Columbus Dispatch Arts Reporter

The Columbus Dispatch-Visual Arts 08 14 05 Weekender - Page D3 "Cultural offerings to salute black creativity"-
The King Arts Complex installation exhibit, “Cargo: Middle Passage”
Michael Grossberg, The Columbus Dispatch Arts Reporter

The Columbus Dispatch-Visual Arts 02 17 05 Weekender - Page 14 "Painter tells tales with his brush"-
Springfield Museum of Art, "Walking the tightrope: Paintings by Ron Anderson" solo exhibition of original work
Bill Mayr, The Columbus Dispatch Arts Reporter

The Columbus Dispatch-Visual Arts 01 30 05 Page D4 "African-American Artists of Central Ohio"-
Capital University, The Schumacher Gallery exhibition of original work by local African-American Artists
Kaizaad Kotwal, The Columbus Dispatch Arts Writer

The Columbus Dispatch -Visual Arts 10 10 04 Page 25 "Talented faculty merits high marks in show."-
Columbus College of Art Design 2004 Faculty Biennial exhibition at the Canzani Center Gallery

The Columbus Dispatch -Weekender 05 27 04 Page 25 "Groups unite for gallery show"-
2004 Art for Community Expression: Curator's Choice art exhibition at the King Arts Complex.

The Art Fix, augustofinearts.com 05 04 Cover Page Website featured on cover page of The Art Fix online art publication, featuring original oil paintings."

Innerart.com- 01 04 Cover Page Website featured on cover page of innerart.com online art publication,
featuring the oil painting entitled "Pugilist Review."

The Columbus Dispatch- 01 12 03 Page H5 "Show reflects works from black culture" -
2003 Art for Community Expression: Curator's Choice art exhibition at the King Arts Complex.

The Columbus Dispatch- 11 11 01 Page F8 "CCAD show" Columbus College of Art Design 2001 Faculty Biennial exhibition
at the Canzani Center Gallery.

The Call and Post- 10 25 01 Page 1B "Williams Room at Statehouse opens, is tribute to all of Ohio's Black reps" - Portraits painted by Ron Anderson of George Washington Williams for the Memorial room housed in the Ohio Statehouse.

The Columbus Dispatch- 10 24 99 Page 5F "CCAD faculty shows talents" - Columbus College of Art Design 1999 Faculty Biennial exhibition at the Canzani Center Gallery.

Alive- 11 04 99 Page 14 "ACE CCAD The non-profit gallery and college faculty on display" - Art for Community Expression's 20th Anniversary Celebration and CCAD Faculty Biennial Exhibition in the Canzani Center Gallery.

Dialogue- 04 99 Pages 48-50 "The Jazz of Columbus Art" - African American visual arts in Columbus, Ohio.

Maine Antique Digest- 05 03 Page 22E "High-Quality Art offered at 2003 Black Fine Art Show" - Ron Anderson Triptych "Cargo" featured at the 2003 National Black Fine Art Show in New York City Ted Landsmark, Writer.

Savoy Magazine- 04 03 Volume 003, Issue 03 Pages 6 and 7 "ABSOLUT EXPRESSIONS salutes Ron Anderson" - Painting by Ron Anderson and Bio featured in advertisement by ABSOLUT Spirits Company

This Week in Worthington- 10 10 01 Page 16 "Room will honor first black legislator" - Portraits painted by Ron Anderson of George Washington Williams for the Memorial room housed in the Ohio Statehouse Bob Beasley, Staff Writer.

Worthington This Week- 03 23 92 Page 8 "Worthington art group sponsors area exhibits"- "Art Moves" art exhibit at Burgess Niple, Ltd. in Worthington, Ohio.

Worthington This Week- 03 23 92 Page 23 "Anderson show emotion-packed" - "Light, Shadow, and Emotion" art exhibit in the Art in the Halls program at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission Ray Berilla, Writer.

Worthington This Week- 12 23 91 Page 17 "Art exhibit shows shadows and light" - Streets of Columbus" art exhibit at Worthington City Hall Cheryl Zupan, Editor.
Worthington This Week-12 16 91 Cover and Page 5, "Streets winds through City Hall", Streets of Columbus" art exhibit at Worthington City Hall.

Worthington SUBURBIA NEWS- 03 25 92 Page 28 "Art Moves" exhibition set" - Art Moves" art exhibit at Burgess Niple, Ltd. in Worthington, Ohio.

Worthington SUBURBIA NEWS- 03 25 92 Page 29 "Art in the Halls series features local resident- "Light, Shadow, and Emotion" art exhibit in the Art in the Halls program at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.
...

Artist Collections



The Ohio Supreme Court/The Ohio State Bar Association - Columbus, Ohio, USA

The Springfield Museum of Art - Springfield, Ohio, USA

The Ohio Statehouse - Columbus, Ohio, USA

The King Arts Complex - Columbus, Ohio, USA

The Absolut Spirits Company - New York City, New York, USA

The Linda M. Dunbar Charitable Foundation - Columbus, Ohio USA

America West Airlines - Columbus, Ohio, USA

The Elevator Brewery and Draught Haus - Columbus, Ohio, USA

National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center - Xenia, Ohio USA



...

Artist Favorites