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Superior Backings  

Superior Backings is a full service scenic shop painting backdrops for motion picture, television and live stage performances. Our skilled artists are also available to help in the design of your backdrops as well.

Ronald was born in Glendale, CA where he went to Hoover high school. After graduating he then attended Chouinard Art Institute on a motion picture set design major. In 1952 he started work as an apprentice scenic artist with his father Verne who was working at Warner Brothers. Verne had been one of the scenic artists that had pioneered the scenic technique switch from theatre to moving pictures. In 1953 Ronald served as an artist illustrator for the eight army in Korea.

In 1955 Ronald returned to Warner Brothers to work on "Giant". At the same time he continued his education at night studying under Jack Senter, Mentor Huebner, and Harold Michaelson among others. Ronald finished his apprenticeship, became a journeyman scenic artist and eventually department supervisor. His work has been seen in over 500 films including "My Fair Lady", "Camelot", "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf", "Cool Hand Luke", "Ghostbusters", and "Funny Lady". Ronald worked with many of the finest art directors and production designers including Boris Leven, John DeCluir, Dale Hennesy, Richard McDonald, Al Brenner, and Gene Allen.

In addition to film work Ronald was in charge of the large billboards on the outside of studios. Over 700 of these were painted some personally, others were supervised. In 1987 Ronald left Warner Brothers, where his son Edward Strang, third generation scenic artist is in charge. Ronald assembled a group of highly skilled scenic artist who paint scenery for concert tours such as Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, the Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac. In 1985 George Jenkins asked Ronald to paint murals at the new Goldwyn Hollywood library, the murals are giant posters of period films. Other murals followed. Many murals in the Edward theatres, and in Las Vegas hotels/casinos. Recently Ronald and his associates painted the murals and show in the new "Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum" located in Springfield, Illinois. In February of 2006 Ronald was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Art Directors Guild. The first scenic artist ever such honoured.

Ronald continues to paint feeling the pride and satisfaction of fifty years of fun and enjoyment.



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