RONALD FALCK


Degree in Fine Art, Slade School, London University

Artist

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Bridlington has at last got it’s Anchorman sculpture

The Sculpture has been created by established local artist Ronald Falck, best known locally for his shepherd and sheep sculptures at the Dotterel roundabout.

Ronald Falck was approached by West Street and Surrounding Area Action Group to put forward proposals to improve the character and interest of South Cliff Gardens at the top of the Harbour. At the July 2013 meeting of the group at the Windsor Hotel, he presented his original design for the Anchorman, an eight foot sculpture in resin over a steel armature. This received enthusiastic approval and the group commissioned him to create the art work.

The Anchorman scheme received overwhelming support from Bridlington residents, visitors and local businesses alike, particularly in view of the fact that no public money would be needed to fund the project.

West Street and Surrounding Area Action Group then approached the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners' to see if they could assist us in finding a home for the sculpture. They agreed to allow the sculpture to be sited on the roof of their offices.

The Anchorman symbolises and celebrates the hard work done in Bridlington Harbour now and in the past.



News article from yorkshirecoastradio.com

Paintings pack a punch

Lifestyles... withJohn Edwards
Published in 'Local Life' East Yorkshire - 2009

ARTIST Ronald Falck is hoping his latest series of paintings pack a punch.

Usually, he Is the artist In residence at Castle Howard, but he swapped his peace and tranquility for a month among New York's boxing fraternity.

Getting ringside and touring the city's most famous gyms inspired him to produce a series of paintings, drawings and etchings about the sport.

Mr Falck said "I was invited to New York to make a study of the boxing scene there. He worked and lived In Manhattan for the month and used The School of Visual Studios as a base where completed 17 paintings, 18 drawings and 53 etchings, culminating In an exhibition in Chelsea, New York, which is the latest fashionable gallery area.

"The New York boxing scene is the centre of the boxing world and quite a change from landscapes. I thought it worth exploring and I visited several gyms. Including Gleason's, where Mohammed All, Tyson and Frazier trained in the past.

"I also went to all the fights including one at Madison Square Gardens in front of a 22,000 crowd, the Atmosphere was electric”.

It must have been a world away from his usual surroundings of Castle Howard near York.

Because a remake of the TV programme BrIdeshead Revisited was being timed at the stately home. he took a sabbatical across the Atlantic.

And the razzmatazz of title fights could not be more different to Mr Falck's earliest memories of boxing.

He said he remembers fairground boxing booths in his youth. when ex-professionals would challenge local people in contests which were far from sporting or fair.

Mr Falck. of Lansdowne Crescent. added: "I know that 'boxing is considered too violent by many, but I happen to believe that boxing Is an artistic as well as physical endeavour. I also feel it is the artistry and heritage of boxing which sets It apart from mixed martial arts. When boxing is at its best, them is nothing quite like it”.

"Many artists find the static figure difficult to represent. They should try the speed of movement of these boxers. I feel however that I have captured something unique In my studies, which have been made direct from live experience."