Ronald Bloore

About the Artist

Ronald Bloore was born in 1925 in Brampton, Ontario.  He attended the University of Toronto and in 1949, obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Archaeology.  He received a Master of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1953 and taught for four years in England and briefly in Toronto, Ontario until, in 1958, he was hired as the director of the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan.  

In 1959 Bloore invited Barnett Newman, an  Abstract ExpressionistAn artist who paints in the Abstract expressionist style.  painter from New York, to the Emma Lake Artist Workshop held in northern Saskatchewan.  Following that successful retreat, the exhibition ‘Five Painters from Regina’ was organized at the MacKenzie Art Gallery.  In 1961, this exhibition toured to the National Art Gallery in Ottawa, where ‘The Regina Five’ met with much acclaim.  

Bloore was confident in the Director’s position at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, and was prepared to use any methods, no matter how unorthodox, to attain his vision for the gallery.  A case in point was the Win Hedore hoax of 1960, where he challenged his audience to question what art is.

Bloore was a great  advocateAdvocacy is the act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, an idea, or a policy. Active support. This term is often used to refer to efforts to support specific art disciplines, or organizations, etc., as well as of support for the arts in general. Advocates are the ones who promote advocacy! (artlex.com)  of  Folk ArtThe production of art by untrained amateurs for their own enjoyment. Style in folk art is influenced by a combination of the artist’s culture and art history.  and appreciated its ‘pure’ representation of the Prairie culture.  He sought ‘quality’ in all the art he exhibited and was instrumental in collecting many important works for the gallery. For the eight years Bloore spent as Director he used his foresight and tenacity to advance art practices and ideas in Saskatchewan.

In 1966, Bloore returned to Toronto where he taught at York University until his retirement from teaching in 1990.

At age 82, (in 2007) Bloore still paints six days a week.  His latest work is a radical departure from the ‘classic Bloore’ white-on-white paintings. The new works are all Untitled and the only information Bloore will offer about the work is in the title of the exhibition itself, Fragments of Infinity.  This work exhibits a  seriesA number of things or events standing or succeeding in order, and connected by a like relation; sequence; order; course; a succession of things; as, a continuous series of calamitous events. (The Online Plain Text English Dictionary)  of colourful forms on a rich brown  masoniteA trademark used for a type of fiberboard employed as a surface for painting, but manufactured principally as wallboard for use in insulation, paneling, etc. It is dark brown, with one side that is very smooth, and the other bearing the texture of an impressed wire screen. Gesso is commonly applied to Masonite as a ground. Masonite can be quite permanent. It often occurs in print in lower case, to the dismay of the owner of the rights to this trademark. (Artlex.com)  surface.

 


Artist or Painter
How I Became a Painter
Interview with Timothy Long - The Regina Five
On the Formation of the Regina Five
The Challenge of Colour
Win Hedore
Canadian Heritage University of Regina Mackenzie Art Gallery Mendel Art Gallery Sask Learning