Ronald Walter Stenberg was born in Auckland in 1919 and at age twelve was accepted into Elam School of Art in recognition of his exceptional artistic ability.
He moved to Scotland and he was appointed the Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Illustration at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. He taught at the school from 1960 until his retirement in 1984.
After his wife died in the 1980s - he only returned to New Zealand where he continued to paint and exhibit.
He was a council member of the Auckland Society of Arts. He was also a military artist with the 1st Battalion of The Black Watch in 1968. He was commissioned to record the uniforms and weapons of the battalion during its last days in Germany. Much of this excellent work can be seen at Balhousie Castle in Perth.
One of his paintings of two Scottish characters is in the collection of the McManus Gallery in Dundee.
Mr Stenberg sadly died only recently in October 2017.
This is a very attractive watercolour by him painted in the 1980s (when he still resided in Scotland); it is carefully delineated and painted with a palette of muted greys and blues. He loved to draw stylised images of fishing boats both in Scotland and on trips that he made to Scandinavia.
His son Lars Stenberg stated, "He loved drawing. He was fond of boats, both drawing them and sailing in them, and we spent many happy summers in Norway and Sweden messing about in boats".
This attractive watercolour is signed and dated 1983. The work measures 35 x 47 cm and the frame size is 58 x 69 cm.
The watercolour shows a boatyard at Oland in Sweden. One fishing boat sits in a cradle and is getting repairs to its hull. Öland is the second largest of the islands of Sweden and is located on the Baltic Sea.
Stenberg's works are certainly much sought after in New Zealand and he often had solo shows at the Remuera Gallery in Auckland.
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