About the Artist
Ron Klotchman’s paintings are visual poems. Each of his works is accompanied by a unique story about human relationships. The abstract figures which are the players in these stories are deliberately abstract, representing every man and every woman. The subjects of his works might be found standing in love, conflict or defiance. Ron’s works are bold and vibrant; the brush strokes are unrestrained and uninhibited. His images are filled with something magical and vital that exists within all of us.
Ron’s painting process is directly representative of the narratives conveyed by his work. He adds paint to the canvas, layer upon layer, tearing down then building up again until each work is complete. His process of construction and deconstruction is a physical manifestation of the real life evolution of relationships between people.
The audacious and improvisational energy behind Ron’s efforts is rooted in a life-long interest in performance art. He is a self-taught artist by any definition, having picked up a paintbrush, a guitar and taken to the stage armed only with innate talent and creative instinct. A California native, Ron spent his formative years set against the desert landscape of Palm Springs. There, he gravitated toward the stage, and encouraged by his natural ability for acting, he was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. He enjoyed performing in local theatrical productions, tackling meaty roles in both plays and musicals. His acting skills are complemented by a life-long love for music… while honing his craft as an actor, he also taught himself to play the guitar, and continues to compose and sing many original songs. In painting, Ron has at last found his favorite outlet for this creative catharsis.
Today, Ron approaches a blank canvas in the same way that he approaches each new day: without preconceptions, without ritual. He, like his art, is always on the move, searching for new inspiration. He is unbound and free from the methodical, regimented world which he knew for too long. The result is an ever-growing body of work that captures the vibrant essence of a life lived with passion and energy.
Adelman Fine Art represents Ron Klotchman in San Diego, California.
AFA: What were you like in high school?
Ron: “In high school I was obsessed with Drama. Acting was the only place I felt I excelled and it was almost exclusively my social life. Painting came many years later for me. I was somewhat shy, very straight laced and had lots of crushes on girls, but no romances. I’m very much what you’d call a late bloomer!”
AFA: Walk us through creating a piece. Your reference material, tools you use, how long does it take?
Ron: “I rarely use reference materials. I work in what I assume and hope is a very unique way. I take a blank canvas, or paint over an existing painting. I apply several layers of acrylic paint, then I let my imagination go. I do a rough outline of figures, then when it feels right, I put more layers of paint into the ground. This blocks in the figures. I similarly choose a palette by instinct. My gut tells me when the piece is done, which usually takes about 6 interrupted hours. When the piece is finished, I build the narrative around what I see and to a degree, what I’m feeling regarding how I feel about those close to me at that time. The building up and tearing down of texture in my paintings is deliberate so as to reflect how our human relationships get built up then unfortunately, sometimes torn down…sometimes repeatedly!”
AFA: What was your favorite role to play in one of your theater productions?
Ron: “When I was 21 I played the role of ‘Buddy Baker’ in the play by Neil Simon, ‘Come Blow Your Horn.’ The character was based on the real life of young Neil Simon. The role was challenging, easy, and genuine simultaneously. In the first half of the play, Buddy is innocent and inexperienced, soon to be a late bloomer. Easy for me to relate! The second half, Buddy gets some experience with girls and becomes more sophisticated, confident, and worldly. It was a lot of fun and the actor playing my big brother became a good friend.”
AFA: What is the last item in your Google search bar?
Ron: “Best snorkeling in Maui.”
AFA: What was the last gift you gave someone?
Ron: “I gave my wife a silver necklace with a blue topaz stone ostensibly for our anniversary, but really just because I wanted to give her something nice. Her help and support for my art career has been invaluable!”
AFA: What happened in your last dream?
Ron: “I still dream about my last day job from time to time. It’s almost always the same dream. How many hours am I supposed to work? Where have I been for the last three weeks?”
AFA: You have so many talents! What is a skill you would like to learn and why?
Ron: “I am a self taught guitar player and songwriter. However, I never put in the time and discipline to really be musically gifted. I’d like commit to taking guitar lessons again and really become a skilled player.”
AFA: What work of art do you wish you owned?
Ron: “I am a fan of the German expressionists. My biggest influence, and perhaps only real influence per se is an artist named Rufino Tamayo. When I saw his paintings I knew which direction I wanted to take my art. So, I suppose I’d be happy having a few Tamayo originals hanging in my house!”
AFA: What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
Ron: “Funny strange or funny ha ha? Recently meeting an iconic actor and having him be seemingly more interested in playing with my dog then in discussing my vast knowledge of his films and career and very famous daughter and son-in-law…I suppose that may classify as funny!”
AFA: In keeping with the theme in our current exhibition, Music As Muse, what song best describes your work ethic?
Ron: “Definitely the iconic zillion seller ‘Don’t Stop Belivin’ by Journey. The power in the lyrics about everyday people, our lives and struggles, and the title sum up my eternal optimism about my art career. Not to sound self-righteous here, but I worked low paying jobs for ten years in my twenties trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I never faked being sick to get out of work. I always did the best I could. I was always the straight and narrow boss pleaser. My late father instilled a strong work ethic in me. Only later in life did I achieve a dream I thought was never possible, expressing myself creatively. Having people buy my art and telling me the look or the story of the painting touches them in some way is the greatest achievement I could ever hope for!”