All About Esplin Art

All About Esplin Art

About Ron Esplin, Artist:

Ron has exhibited from Auckland to Invercargill and has had work exhibited in Otaru, Dunedin's sister city in Japan, he is also represented in the Dunedin City Council art collection and the prestigious Forrester Gallery in historic Oamaru.
Ron is inspired by the buildings and landscapes of New Zealand believing the artist has a duty to point out the beauty of our surroundings and to invite the viewer to take a moment to appreciate it. Prints of Ron's work which are sold extensively throughout the Southern Region enjoy considerable popularity as a result.


Ron has published four books of his paintings, "A Portrait of Otago", a Portrait of Southland", "A Portrait of Europe" and "In the Steps of My Father". The first three books describe each Region through Ron's watercolour paintings and are accompanied by brief notes about the subject of each work.
The fourth book traces a notional journey around the world from Scotland to New Zealand, The paintings are of countries that Ron's father and mother visited and subsequently painted, and forty years later Ron visited and painted many of the same countries and formed his own impressions in watercolour.

Book Illustrations

Some of Ron's work has been used to illustrate books, for example his watercolour of Otago University was one of only two colour plates published in "Oatcakes to Otago" written by Donald Offwood and sold extensively throughout New Zealand.
In Ron's words; "When I started painting, I thought I would start with watercolours and move on when I got the hang of them. Well I am still working on it. I concentrate on producing a watercolour with the power that I feel the medium is capable of, but is so elusive to achieve. I look for a bold representation of my view of a subject that is as competent as I can produce, and that conveys my view of my world. The greatest compliment I can receive is for someone to share my enthusiasm sufficiently to want to live with a painting I have produced. I use only the best materials, as I want the work to retain the impact it had the day I painted it and to continue to give enjoyment for many years." ~ Ron Esplin.

Zonta Collaborative Painting

The painting in the photograph was a collaborative venture with "Apple" as the theme. I am accompanied here by artists Pam Brown and Janet de Wagt and Zonta chairwoman Netta Noone.




“Commercial background”

For 25 yearsRon applied his artistic and design ability to marketing his own electronics firm and later as a marketing consultant and Marketing Manager.
During his time in business Ron attended Otago University part time to graduate in 1992 with a  Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing Management.

Studio in Central Dunedin

Ron now has a private studio in central Dunedin at 10H Jetty Street, on the 2nd Floor. Private viewings of his working studio can be arranged if you phone Ron at home on 03 467 2164 or Mobile 021 358 082

“Do it now”

Ron believes that the customer is king, and he follows a philosophy of "underpromise and overdeliver"
This is great for the customers who want commissions.

"On time and on spec"

A good example was an Australian resident who rang one of the Galleries in Dunedin asking for a painting of Puketapu, the hill that overlooks Palmerston, as she had lived there in her childhood.
 The Gallery knew they could ask Ron to do this within a week, and not only did he photograph the location, sketch it out, and complete the painting, but he completed it in three days so that there was time to frame it and deliver it "on time, and on spec". 



Original Art

Ron has for sale paintings of hundreds of subjects, ranging from landscapes and townscapes to abstract pieces and his unique tactile art. Send an email to ask about any subject you are seeking. 


If Ron does not have a painting of the subject that you want, you need only ask for a painting of a subject and Ron will paint it for you. This is always done in consultation with you, and within a reasonable time frame. 

Limited Edition prints size A3

Ron produces Limited Edition size A3 signed prints of his work, limited to 200 and signed personally. 

Prints size A4

A4 prints of Ron's work can be purchased and posted to you. Every print is personally signed by the artist. 

Greetings Cards

Selected images of Ron's work are available as tasteful greetings cards that can be used for any occasion. 


The image available as greetings cards are also available as postcards.

Fridge Magnets

Selected images of Ron's work are also available as fridge magnets.




 “A lifetime exposure to art.”

Ron has had a lifetime exposure to art as both his late father Tom was an artist, and his brother Clark is a practicing artist.
They would jointly refer to their involvement in art activities as “The family Firm.”
Ron was drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil, and was soon in demand at school to do posters and stage sets for school productions. He applied his artistic and design ability to marketing his own electronics firm and later as a marketing consultant and Marketing Manager.
Ron continued to paint recreationally, attending evening classes at Otago Polytechnic Art School prior to embarking in 1995 on a serious effort to develop his painting.

Studio in Central Dunedin

Ron now has a studio in central Dunedin where he paints in acrylics and oils, and he has also continued to develop his watercolour painting.
Ron is an Artist member and former Council member of The Otago Art Society, and he served as a member of the Council of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society.
Ron exhibits regularly in Dunedin, has exhibited in Otaru, Dunedin’s sister city in Japan, and is also represented in the Dunedin City Council art collection and the prestigious Forrester Gallery in Oamaru.

“Draw a line a day”

Ron follows his father’s advice to “draw a line a day”. He also practiced his minimalist technique as a regular contributing cartoonist to The Otago Daily Times, portraying the cartoon character “Albert Ross,” the albatross with comments on local and National issues and events.
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