Representational painter Ron Hicks’s figures and interiors seek to achieve a balance between revealing too much detail and revealing too little, reviving many of the artistic considerations of 19th-century French impressionism. Perhaps as an antidote to this tension, Hicks emphasizes the forms and light of a particular space and sitter. “I am a shape guy, he says. “By that I mean I see things more in terms of shape rather than the objects or people. Everything is about shape, medium shape vs. large shape, lighter shape vs. darker shape.” His paintings have an emotional and moody tone, which he achieves through his vigorous brushstrokes and his use of multiple shades of gray.
Ron Hicks was born in Columbus, Ohio but spent most of his childhood growing up in the modest and friendly neighborhood of Park Hill in Denver, Colorado. He shared a dream with a close childhood friend early on... "He just always knew he would go to college and become an artist", remembers Ron's friend.
Ron's family later relocated back to Ohio where, during his high school, he was awarded several awards and honors for various art shows and competitions. His talent became obvious and noted throughout his high school career and Ron was awarded a full scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH. He later returned to Denver and subsequently earned a degree in Advertising Design. After college, Ron applied his degree and natural talent to working for Ad agencies, Magazines and as a Freelance Illustrator. He would soon realize his true passion, and Ron's natural talent and his eye for beauty encouraged a shift in the direction of his style of painting.
With a muted pallet, Hicks creates beautiful and timeless pieces with such fluidity and movement that it takes the viewer on an emotional journey where you feel like you can insert yourself into the subject matter of any of his paintings.
Often compared to the more prolific Masters of the early 19th century, Hicks is an accomplished Fine Artist whose talents have made him one of the most sought after Master Figure Artists throughout the US and abroad. Hicks' works are collected by celebrity jewelry designer DiGrisogono, Grammy Award Winning Artist John Legend, and TV Host Kathy Lee Gifford, just to name a few.
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