Ronald Langley Bloore
May 29, 1925
|Died||September 4, 2009 (aged 84)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Known for||abstract art|
|Awards||Order of Canada|
Born in Brampton, Ontario, Bloore received a B.A. in art and archaeology from the University of Toronto in 1949. From 1949 to 1951, he studied art history and archaeology at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts. In 1953, he received a M.A. in art and archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis. From 1951 to 1954, he was also an instructor in art and archaeology at Washington University. From 1955 to 1957, he studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London.
After completing his studies at the University of London, Bloore returned to Canada, and held a position as an instructor in art and archaeology at the University of Toronto from 1957 to 1958. Moving to Regina, Saskatchewan, he was director at the Norman Mackenzie Gallery (today`s MacKenzie Art Gallery) of Regina College and an instructor in art and archaeology at the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan from 1958 to 1966. While there, Bloore exhibited with Ken Lochhead, Art McKay, Ted Godwin and Doug Morton in the National Gallery of Canada's Five Painters from Regina show in 1961. The Regina Five, as it came to be called, lasted only a short time. Their work was more geometrically ordered than the painters in Toronto in Painters Eleven. But Bloore quarreled with McKay over "his" use of the circle and by 1964, however, the group had split up. Settling back in Toronto, he was director of art and a professor in the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Fine Arts at York University from 1966 to 1990. In his work, he concentrated on a white-on-white technique. which built on one of his own paintings of 1960, combined with his knowledge of non-Western cultures.
Honours and awards received
In 1993, Bloore was made a Member of the Order of Canada for being a "most accomplished abstract painter and educator, he has strongly influenced visual arts, particularly in Western Canada". In 2007, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
- Bradfield, Helen (1970). Art Gallery of Ontario: the Canadian Collection. Toronto: McGraw Hill. ISBN 0070925046. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
- Heinrich, Theodore Allen (1977). "Ronald Bloore: new Byzantine Lights and other paintings". artscanada. 34 (212/213): 13–19. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
- Murray, Joan (1999). Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century. Toronto: Dundurn. OCLC 260193722. Retrieved March 27, 2021.
- The Bloore Studio is the painter's web site with hundreds of pages of images and texts.
- University of Regina Archives and Special Collections, Ron Bloore Fonds: https://www.uregina.ca/library/services/archives/collections/art-architecture/bloore.html