Ron Leonard was born and educated in Toronto. He took a four
year Art Course at Northern Vocational School with such notable teachers
as L.A.C. Panton and Leonard Brooks. Ron also developed an interest in
Magic at an early age, which soon developed into an intriguing part-time
profession - and which remained until his death in 1998, an integral part
of his very active life.
World War 2 saw Ron overseas with the infantry, and eventually,
because of his 'show biz' experience, he was transferred to the Army Entertainment
Branch. By age 21 he had attained the rank of Company Sergeant-Major in
charge of show units on the war fronts of Europe, where he served until
a year after the war's end, whereupon he wa discharged in 1946.
Back home, he spent three years as National Director of Advertising
for Odeon Theatres.
In 1960, always the entrepreneur, he formed a company called
"Complete Rent-Alls Ltd." expanding in 1966 to the specialized field of
creative display - "Scenery & Display Ltd." Here he designed and manufactured
setting for commercial displays, parades, stage productions, and instant
atmosphere for over 25 specific convention themes.
By 1970, however, the lure of the brush and palette was to strong,
he sold the business and got into serious painting. Ron worked in oils,
watercolours, pen & ink and pencil. Usually outdoors, winter and summer,
his style and direct and reflects his love of nature and the elements.
Ron travelled and painted in many parts of the world. His work
has been exhibited regularly since 1971. An excellent teacher, he was often
called upon to demonstrate or conduct workshops for various art groups,
community colleges, etc.
One of Canada's most versatile artists, works in oil, watercolour,
graphite, pen and ink.
Subjects range from landscapes, portraits, figures and still
life. Sizes from 16 x 20 inches to murals and stage scenery.
Graduate of Northern Secondary School four-year art course,
Ron has been exhibiting from 1970 at galleries in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa.
His work is in over forty Corporate Collections from U.S.A.,
Europe, Saudi Arabia, to Japan. A partial list includes the Ontario Ministry
of Agriculture and Foods, H.J. Heinz, Adams Brands Ltd., Rohm & Haas,
Steelite Canada, J. Arthur Rank Organization, Butler Manufacturing, KIMI
Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, Hiram Walker, Bell Canada, Illinois Bell Chicago,
Bermuda Ministry of Tourism, Dr. Pepper, Entertainment Associates, McGill
Productions, plus many private collections, Including Lincoln Alexander.
He has had numerous one-man shows, and was on the faculty of
Sir Sandford Fleming college, and Loyalist College.
1971 - One Man Show - Kanata Art Centre, Toronto
1972 - Group Shows - DeSantos, Kanata, Campbell's Toronto
1973 - One Man Show - Campbell's Toronto
1974 - Watercolour Show - Gallery 'O', Toronto
1975 - Lois Shayne Gallery, Montreal
1977 & 1988 - Mazelow, Toronto
1978 & 1979 - North York - 'Eye On Art'
1980 - One Man Show - Edwards Gardens Gallery, Toronto
1981 - Studio 3, Hamilton
1982 - Gustaffson Gallery, Toronto
1983 - Edwards Garden Gallery, Toronto
1984 - Gallery Plus, Toronto
1985 - MacPherson Gallery, Ottawa
1986 - York Fine Art Gallery, Aurora & Gallery Milhalis, Montreal
1987 - Arts Scarborough Invitational, Gallery Milhalis, Montreal and
Blue Heron Festival, Hastings, Ontario
1988 - York Fine Art Gallery, Aurora and The Gallery on the Lake, Buckhorn
1989 - The O'Keefe Centre, Toronto (March), York Fine Art Gallery, Aurora,
and Belleville Public Gallery (November)
1990 - The Gallery on the Lake, The Downtown Gallery, Barrie, Veroni
1991 - The Gallery on the Lake, The Westmount Gallery, Scarborough Civic
1992 - Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Show, March 23
1993 - Bancroft Gallery, Townsend House Gallery Campbellford, Studio
737, Tweed, The Gallery on the Lake, Scarborough Civic Centre (October
1998 - Studio 737 Art Gallery, Richmond Hill, Ontario
1999 - Belleville Public Gallery, Belleville, Ontario
The Kerbel Group
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Foods
Adams Brands Ltd.
Rohm & Haas
CN Real Estate
Warner Lambert Ltd.
J. Arthur Rank Organization
McCurdy Radio Industries
Illinois Bell Chicago
Bermuda Ministry of Tourism
plus many private collections including Lincoln Alexander.