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Ron Waddams
(1920 — 2010)

Ron Waddams was born in 1920 at Chiswick. He spent his childhood in Sheperds Bush where he attended elementary school.


In 1933 he moved with his parents to West Twyford.


A year later he gained a place at Ealing School of Art where he came top of the Junior Art Department.


1937 saw him working in a London commercial art studio.


From 1940 to 1946 he was called up the military and served without distinction in Britain, India and Burma.


After demobilisation and a period of readjustment he returned to work as a freelance commercial artist.


By 1967, then well established as a graphic designer, and married with three children, he wished to use the skills he had to make artwork about the values and concerns he held. This he did in his spare time between commercial commitments.


Ron had attended Quaker meetings for worship for many years and was accepted into membership in 1978.


He gave up self-employed work in 1985, which allowed him to continue painting full-time.


The first public exhibition of his work was at Jordans Friends Meeting House in 1997.


Ron Waddams died on 18 September 2010, peacefully, at home.



Courtesy of the artist’s website. © Larren Art Trust 2010