“When you look my paintings and move away from them, you discover more sharpness, and by approaching more closely you discover the blurs. The textures and colors mix, and give a vibration to the painting.”
(Belgian, b. 1961)
Ronald Dupont is based in Belgium and captures the pulse of city life within his artwork. He is entirely self-taught, and since he began his career in the 1980s he has continuously experimented and evolved as an artist. He is well known for his dynamic cityscapes, often depicting the iconic avenues of cities such as New York and San Fransisco. His scenes are full of life, with energetic brushstrokes that blend color and form, creating an animated atmosphere. This energetic quality is in part due to his use of Venice Turpentine, a resin which allows oil paint to be instantly solidified, permanently capturing his quick brushstrokes. Using this method, Dupont casts the constant urban movement of traffic and pedestrians into elegantly shifting colors and shapes.
Although his style is painterly and dynamic, his artwork also has a photographic quality to it, with precise cropping, framing, and proportions. Additionally, his work is informed by the recent use of satellite imagery and electronic mapping, and his paintings are often innovative versions of what one may see from a satellite above a city. These qualities are enhanced by the fact that although much of his artwork depicts sprawling American cities, Dupont is from Belgium and views these places as an outsider. This outsider status allows him to capture the unique details and beauty of urban places that may be missed by people native to the city. His original eye for urbanity has gained him worldwide notoriety, and he has been exhibiting internationally for over 20 years, with work featured in numerous private, public, and corporate collections.