Interviewed by Jess Baxter
With the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition returning to Mall Galleries in October, we spoke to Ronny Moortgat RSMA about his commission pieces for Verbeke Bunkering.
Verbeke Bunkering, a marine company situated in Antwerp, Belgium, wanted to decorate their head office with a series of artworks. They wished to commission a piece by someone with specialist experience in painting maritime structures.
The company chose Ronny Moortgat RSMA for this project, a seascape painter who had worked on a previous commission for Verbeke. They gave him a very general brief, requesting a depiction of the company’s marine structures on the river, which includes various piping, tankards and scaffolding.
Ronny enjoys the freedom of notably open briefs such as this one, as it allows him to play with his own ideas of tone and media. Upon visiting the company’s site, Ronny made a few preliminary sketches and took photographs for lighting reference, which were brought back to his warehouse studio where he began work on three paintings.
As sailboats and ships on water are usually the focus of his artwork, this static industrial subject matter took Ronny’s paintings in a relatively different direction. Yet this didn’t detract from his enjoyment in the task; he says that putting his creative spirit into something new and different is what makes being a commissioned artist so interesting.
If they wished, the group were able to personalise small details in the paintings as Ronny’s work took shape. And, three months after the project began, the three paintings were completed. The clients were incredibly happy with the result and, being able to experiment with a different maritime subject, Ronny was also pleased.
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