Ronald Wong, BSc(Hons), GavA, ASAA, GMA, TWAS
Ronald Wong has arrived at his career in Art via a devious route indeed. A scientist by training , Ronald specialized in biochemistry for his degree in Britain. After some years working in the Health Service in London, he made the decision to pursue his childhood interest in art and since 1976 has been a professional artist. Although his strength in recent years has without doubt been in the very specialized realm of aviation, his first artistic forays were into areas no less challenging----portraiture, animals and wildlife, and landscapes. Particularly memorable are his portrayals of many prize breeds at London animal shows in those early years.
Aviation had made an indelible impression when growing up close to the flight path in Hong Kong, and when he joined the Guild of Aviation Artists in Britain his work quickly began to attract attention and win prizes. An additional boost in those early years was the special interest and appreciation shown by overseas Air Forces, in particular the United States Air Force, with which he continues to have a close association and cooperate in artistic projects. The vast majority of his work are specially commissioned “from source”---directly from airmen---in which his aim is to achieve not only technical accuracy but to capture the unique atmosphere and dynamism of different flight scenarios, no less than the realism and vitality imparted to his wildlife work. Today his aviation work encompasses not only air forces of diverse nationalities but airline and aerospace companies and important galleries.
Ronald continues to be one of the most successful independent artists, which, with his wide-ranging interests, suits him particularly well. He is also a member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the Guild of Motoring Artists, and The Wildlife Art Society. He lives in Hertfordshire where he has his new, expanded studio.