Pop Art portraits by Ronald Hunter
Ronald Hunter is best known for his abstract art; nevertheless his portraits are an important part of his collection. His love for the pop art style is well expressed with his pop art portraits.
“As long as I can remember, I am attracted to Pop Art. I like that it is such a distinct art form. The reality is not what it seems and is even placed in an entirely different light. Specifically, the way Pop artists manage to remove everyday objects from the context, enlarge them and exaggerate them. As a viewer you are often misled.”
Ronald regularly combines typography with neon and contrasting colors in his portraits. This tells us something about his background:
“I have a background in graphic design and I like to play with shapes and typographic form. Bright neon colors are often part of the color palette. I start by searching for the right color balance and use larger and smaller typography to shape the background. As soon as the shape / color feels balanced, I decide which portrait fits best.”
Ronald usually stays away from famous faces (although he did make an exception for Frida), because he wants the face to stay neutral for the viewer. Ronald wants people to experience the image as a whole; the interaction of colors, shapes and face.
“The way the lines play a role in the experience of the face is interesting to me. You wonder: am I looking at the shapes or the face? It’s clearly a face, but it shouldn’t be too distracting from the entire painting.”
Ronald to feature in Sterren op het Doek
Ronald Hunter has been selected as one of the artists who participates in the Dutch TV show Sterren op het Doek. The popular program of Omroep MAX returned in September 2019 after a five-year absence. Every episode a Dutch celebrity gets to have his/her portrait painted by 3 artists. Ronald was given the honor of portraying Rotterdam legend Lee Towers.