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Bandit 1 and Bandit 10

Item Code: RK-bandit1-u
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Brazil and Bandits
Base price $7,501
Unsigned wooden construction with removable elements.

The true story of Lampião the infamous leader of a gang of bandits or Cangaceiros, has long-been Ron King's particular fascination. Lampião, together with his girlfriend Maria Bonita, ruled over huge parts of north-east Brazil in the 1920s and 30s and became the subject of many stories, songs and poems. The Cangaceiros were brutal, but achieved a Robin Hood-like status and are still dominant in Brazilian popular culture. Ron’s dark and angular sculptures, draw on the combination of terror which the bandits inspired, and the surprisingly detailed and colourful adornments of their bandit costumes, hats and sashes.
Ron King PortraitRon King has had an artistic life that spans a multi faceted and inspiring 60 years.  His iconographic work is marked by a distinctive, fresh and often pioneering approach. As an artist his work can’t be pinned down to by genre but it does have an approach that is hallmarked by a distinctively curious, questioning and energetic approach.

He picked up a scholarship at Chelsea for his painting and then several art awards when he emigrated to Canada, with his wife and sculptor Willow Legge in 1956.  Here he worked as an art director in McLean Hunter publishing house.  In 1960 Ron returned to the UK with his family to paint for his first one-man show in Toronto.  In 1961 while teaching at Farnham School of Art he took up printmaking, which led to a contract in 1964 with the well known print publishers Editions Alecto.  Unable to publish his first book ‘The Prologue to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales’ with them, he followed through the project himself and formed Circle Press.
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