Ranulph de Bayeux Bye (1916-2003) was born in Princeton, NJ and made his home in Holicong, Bucks County, PA. He was considered one of the foremost watercolorists of his time and found his greatest inspiration in the landscapes of Bucks County.
Bye was known for his masterful rendering of rural American landscapes, seascapes and buildings. From fire stations, train depots and architecture to sweeping farm fields and serene lakes, Bye created a true sense of place that resonates today. His works have captured the rich heritage of Bucks County and beyond with extraordinary skill and sensitivity.
This exhibition of more than 40 works from private collections reveals a deft touch and acute eye for the personality of buildings and landscapes.
Bye was a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and the Art Students League of New York. His honors include signature memberships in the American Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Water Color Society (PWCS). He was a Crest Award recipient, a National Academy of Design Dolphin Fellow, and won exhibition awards from competitions throughout the country. His works are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Temple University,Moore College of Art and Design, the Reading Public Museum and William Penn Memorial Museum as well as the Michener Art Museum.
The artist published several books,including Victorian Sketchbook and The Vanishing Depot (1973), and several instructional books on painting in watercolor including Painting Buildings in Watercolor (1994) and Ranulph Bye’s Bucks County (1997).
Exhibition curated by Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director & CEO with assistance from Glenna Lange Bye.
A Sense of Place: Paintings by Ranulph Bye is presented by Carol and Louis E. Della Penna. Additional support is provided by Silverman Family Partnerships.