Ronald Story’s paintings beckon us to enter realms of optimism, enchantment, and discovery. The artist’s evocative use of bold colors and dynamic subjects are key to his signature style. His versatile paintings, that range from expressive landscapes to pure abstractions, evoke an immediate visceral experience for the viewer.
Story uses broad strokes and covers expansive areas with saturated hues. He juxtaposes them in a way that they enliven the pictorial plane and moves the viewer’s eye throughout the compositions. Elegantly placed divisions of space suggest the passage of time and distance.
Intuitively, Story applies the power of color theory with unbridled exuberance. His palette communicates a universal pictorial language about the human experience. For example, in the painting “Contemplation”, colors glisten like brilliant jewels. Red symbolizes power and passion, blue signifies clarity, and purple is associated with spirituality. The painting is also a beautiful symphony that is rich in contrast, balance, and harmony.
Story invites viewers to explore their own emotions and transcend the self-imposed barriers of how they perceive and interpret the world. His titles are clues, tinged with elements of poetry and lyricism. In the painting "Path of Exploration", for example, we embark on an unwavering road that awakens our yearning for adventure. The trees in the distance portray a sense of mystery and the journey takes us to a glowing sunset and a beautiful silhouette.
In gazing at Story’s paintings, we discover visual metaphors that ignite our quest to understand the meaning of our existence and our destiny. They satisfy our need to believe in hope, paradise and fulfilled aspirations.
Essay by Renée Phillips
Founder and Director of Manhattan Arts International, New York, NY.
Academie voor Beeldende Kunst in Rotterdam, 2017