Ronald Christ: Poetic Fictions

September 16 - December 16, 2012
Polk/Wilson Gallery

Exquisitely crafted. Hauntingly beautiful. Evocative
dramas. Arresting compositions. Such descriptions with
sharp emphasis--largely superlatives--mark the work of
Ronald Christ. The artist’s work has been characterized
by its precision and lyricism, its realism and abstraction.
The balance between these dichotomies waxes and
wanes over years. And the artist is at his very best when
one painting holds such polar opposites in a tense
dynamic together, somehow alert to visual complexity
and perfectly poised.

The Ulrich Museum presents a survey of this admired
professor of art at Wichita State University. The exhibition brings together early still-life imagery and depictions of the Kansas Flint Hills as well as images created while working in Italy. Several works represent Christ’s very recent turn toward abstraction. Inspired by the 15th-century Italian Renaissance artist Piero della Francesca and 20th-century Italian surrealist Giorgio de Chirico, Christ is both exacting in his attention to perspective and geometric forms and illusive in his presentation of scenes that, as he describes them, "are possible but not probable."

On the faculty of the School of Art and Design at WSU
since 1976, Ronald Christ is a respected artist in the
region. The recipient of the 1995 Kansas Governor’s
Artist Award, Christ has had solo exhibitions in leading
galleries in Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Santa Fe. His work is part of corporate collections,
including Emprise Bank and Hallmark Cards, private
collections throughout the United States, and the
Ulrich Museum of Art.

View the gallery guide here.

Ronald Christ: Poetic Fictions has been organized by
the Ulrich Museum of Art and sponsored by:




The exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of J. Eric Engstrom, Anita Jones, Mike and Dee Michaelis, and Reuben and Jane Saunders.

Ronald Christ, 'Interior with View of Gubbio, Midday,' 1991. Oil on linen, 48 x 48 in. Collection of George Vollmer

Ronald Christ, 'Still Life (From Massa Marittima),' 1993. Oil on linen, 55 x 48 in. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita. Gift of Frank and Betty Brosius

Ronald Christ Gallery Guide Cover