Ronald Ahlstrom

American, 1922 - 2012


Ronald Ahlstrom was born in Chicago, IL in 1922. During World War II, he fought in the Pacific Theater serving as a Sargeant in the U.S. Army. After the war, he returned to Chicago to study painting at the School of the Art Institute. In the early 1960s, Ahlstrom worked as the curator at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, WA. A talented painter and artist, Alhstrom also was a noted bass fiddler and guitarist. He often played professionally in night clubs during the late 1940s and ‘50s. Ahlstrom exhibited his artwork nationally, including shows at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others. In 1958, he was awarded the William H. Bartels Prize of five hundred dollars at the Art Institute of Chicago. Ahlstrom became best recognized for his intricate and subtly rendered abstract compositions that often integrated painting, drawing and collage. He died at the age of 90 in Chicago in 2012.

  • Ahlstrom 11094

    Untitled (Abstraction), 1970-1971
    Acrylic, ink, charcoal and collage on canvas
    26 x 26 inches

    Signed Ronald Ahlstrom, lower right; signed and dated on reverse.

    #11094
  • Ahlstrom 11338 ur

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Acrylic, charcoal, ink and collage on board
    24 x 24 inches

    Signed Ahlstrom and stamped with initials, lower right.

    #11338

Ronald Ahlstrom was born in Chicago, IL in 1922. During World War II, he fought in the Pacific Theater serving as a Sargeant in the U.S. Army. After the war, he returned to Chicago to study painting at the School of the Art Institute. In the early 1960s, Ahlstrom worked as the curator at the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, WA. A talented painter and artist, Alhstrom also was a noted bass fiddler and guitarist. He often played professionally in night clubs during the late 1940s and ‘50s. Ahlstrom exhibited his artwork nationally, including shows at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others. In 1958, he was awarded the William H. Bartels Prize of five hundred dollars at the Art Institute of Chicago. Ahlstrom became best recognized for his intricate and subtly rendered abstract compositions that often integrated painting, drawing and collage. He died at the age of 90 in Chicago in 2012.

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