Photo: Woodbury Public Library / Contributed Photo
WOODBURY — Artist Ron Crowcroft will exhibit his Reverse Glass Paintings at the Woodbury Public Library, Nov. 1 to 30, with an opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Examples of reverse glass painting, or Hinterglasbilder, have been known since the late 14th century. Used mostly at that time in the decorative arts and by goldsmiths, it was also used by fine artists, as well as by amateur and folk artists. While the paint is applied to one surface of the glass, it is then viewed from the other side. There is a reverse glass portrait of George Washington on view at The New Britain Museum of American Art.
Ron came across this process through his interest in the work of Wassily Kandinsky, who made many paintings using this method. It immediately appealed to him as he enjoys using non-traditional surfaces to paint on, as well as non-traditional ways to apply media to surfaces. Most of his visual work may be termed Metamorphic Abstraction, with recognizable organic elements often emerging during the creative process, allowing for multiple interpretations of the various marks and images within a finished piece.
Ron Crowcroft is an English artist who works in a wide variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, performance art, conceptual art, video, experimental electronic music, poetry, and humor.
Ron has a degree in Fine Art from Leeds Polytechnic, in England, in 1976, which was at that time the most avant-garde art school in Europe, and the center for performance art in England. His photographs from that time are now on permanent display at the new Leeds University arts building, as part of a multi-media commission, “Thin Air,” by Paul Rooney.
He was in an experimental electronic and acoustic music group, New 7th Music, in England, from 1979-82, and has released cassettes and CDs of his music on an ongoing basis since that time. Some of his music has appeared on local college radio stations, and a vinyl album of his early music, “Mundane Recordings 1980-1985,” was released in Germany by VOD Records in July 2016.
He was involved with the worldwide Mail Art scene in the late 70s, and was also associated with several Dada and Fluxus-oriented groups.
Ron moved to the U.S. in 1982, and has been living in Connecticut since then.
His work has been shown in many galleries and alternative spaces in Connecticut, New York, and around the world. He has been mentioned, or had poetry and writings published, in a variety of art, music and spiritual magazines and books. Various mail art pieces and publications are archived in The Museum of Modern Art, The National Library of Australia, California Institute of The Arts, The Virginia Commonwealth University, The Lomholt Mail Art Archive, and The University of Iowa. Ron was a panel member for a discussion celebrating the 100th anniversary of Dada, at The New Britain Museum of American Art, in March 2016.
In 2018, his work was included as one of three decks in the Finest Art card game, designed by Robin Senseney, and made by Purple Dragon Games in Williamstown, Mass.
Ron’s interest in the creative process has led him to self-publish a booklet, Art and Creativity Notes, now in its fourth edition. Ron’s work in various media can be viewed at www.roncrowcroft.com.
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