Dennis Ramsay (1925-09) Australia

Biographical Information

Dennis Ramsay, a painter in the classical tradition, was born in 1925.

His formal training included architecture at London University and study with Pietro Annigoni in Florence. Like many painters however, most of what he values he taught himself.

Of his first solo show in 1956, the London newspaper, The Times described his work as being "beyond reproach". During the intervening years he has covered a vast field of subjects with a growing maturity. They have ranged from a 54 sq. ft. painting of the Resurrection to a tiny 6 sq. inch study of a leaf described by one critic as "easily mistaken for a John Ruskin".

Ramsay flower pieces might best be described as "arts of worship" so long do they take to execute in their infinite detail. They, and his Still Lifes bear comparison with the best Dutch & Flemish Masters of the 15th-17th centuries and the method used is similar.

This is a revival of the tempera egg/oil method and is of very great permanence as can be seen today from the early Flemish paintings which are still unchanged after as long as four centuries.

He has exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy and the Society of Portrait Painters in London, has painted two Royal Portraits and also those of Sir Winston Churchill and Sir Robert Menzies.

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Market Information

Still Life with Lilium 1999
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Still Life with Lilium 1999
Oil and tempera on board, 70 x 91.5 cm
Australian & International Paintings, Deutscher~Menzies, Sydney.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings5630A$9,400 A$2,910
Works on Paper20A$3,412 N/A

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