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Contemporary Master

Ron Hicks masterfully guides viewers into an emotional realm of balance and expression that imbue unpredictable turns. His paintings draw viewers in close to a world of mystery and possibility- “I want my work to open a dialogue for a story. It’s up to the viewer to interpret it,” Hicks says. His warm sophisticated palette define his figures in a space that swim with the abstract. Beautifully blending hints of impressionism and expressionism with that of the nonobjective. These styles coalesce within his paintings to convey a much more contemporary character. His loose brushwork and textural notes find the most natural place in these deliberate compositions. The present depth and fluidity in these richly layered paintings imbue a sense of romance. As he continues to depict moments of expression, he strives to keep his work “as fresh and new as possible,” he says. “My hope is that whoever views my work will have their own intimate encounter with it.”

Transformations

There’s a quest for many artist to express their inner truth. For even fewer, they take us deeper, teaching us how to see the world more broadly.
In this newest direction, Ron Hicks combines a unique visual language adding the depth of abstraction to his figurative bodies.
This metaphoric translation brings forth two opposite identities we often recognize in separate form. One of human identity and expression, the other from his distinct imagination. This combination creates a living harmony that challenges our idea of classical representation. Which Hicks is so masterfully trained.
Now he pushes these contrasting elements to a new level of fine art where this collision of styles are made with such skill, they appear with ease that speak of a partnership that has always belonged. For Hicks this intersection makes a very deliberate and aesthetic artistic statement to be sure. One that brings forth these moments of unique character that further extend our own understanding of his visual language. Unifying and commingling poetic lines and gentle mass-forms in a painted world only this artist can bring.

- M.C. Gadlin