Ron Weaver (Arizona)
"At Yale, I painted abstract paintings. Frank Stella, Al Held, and Jack Tworkov were instrumental teachers at Yale at that time. I had been taking figure drawing classes with Lester Johnson and Nick Carone during the previous three years in New Haven but the paintings were all abstract. Seminars with Rosenquist and Dine and lectures by Rauschenberg, rounded out the "what’s happening" aspect of the school. But I found more spiritual and intellectual affinity with Leland Bell who was on the faculty at that time and with talks by Fairfield Porter or critiques from Edwin Dickenson and Louis Finkelstein. Their ideas became critical to me belatedly when I was struggling (now very much removed from such mature mentors) to find some authenticity in representational painting. This was 40 years ago and since then I’ve had varying degrees of success in not only finding some satisfaction in bringing life to the paintings but taking on the responsibility to move forward in this Postmodern era".READ MORE
Painting in open air, Weaver brings out the liveliness and beauty of nature, accomplishing many of his best works in less than two hours. “Too much second-guessing would weaken the authenticity and authority,” says Weaver, a professor emeritus of art at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
His exhibitions include national and international shows. Weaver, a member of the Midwest Paint Group, and his wife Barbara Major-Weaver, who is also a painter, maintain studios in Arizona and Maine.
Weaver was mentored at Manchester by art professors Jim Adams and Max Allen before the talented student advanced to Yale University of Art and Architecture for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts. He has done independent study in England, France, Italy and Spain.
Weaver helped launch the Art Department for Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. In 1970, he joined the University of Wisconsin faculty, teaching taught painting, drawing and color. He retired in 2004.
06/26/2013 An Interview With Ron Weaver – Mike Boyle's art blog