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Item Name: Drawing
Title: Untitled
Maker: Ronald Langley Bloore
Year: 1966
Country: Canadian
Materials: ink on paper
Measurements: overall: 26 cm x 33 cm
ID Number: PC83.1.6
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: In 1962, Ron Bloore received a Canada Council Senior Arts Fellowship Grant which enabled a year of research and travel in Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. Inspired by the archaeological record of these civilizations, Bloore returned to his studio in Canada and embarked on a new way of painting, seeking to emulate the transcendental quality that he had felt while looking at ancient cultural artifacts. This drawing is a good example of his approach: it is monochromatic and explores simplified graphic forms. He often painted low-relief works in variations of white or black, using a strong shape for his canvas. Eventually, he developed a system of building three-dimensional maquettes, or models of his artwork before constructing the full-sized versions, a tool most often used in sculpture or monumental architecture. As the years progressed, Bloore continued to work in modernism, searching for a common visual language that could communicate essential truths of the human condition. Ronald Langley Bloore (1925 – 2009) Ron Bloore studied Art and Archaeology at the University of Toronto (1949), the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (1949-1951); Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri (1953); and at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London (1955-1957). Appointed Director of the Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery in 1958, Bloore curated several notable exhibitions focusing on contemporary Canadian painters, which led to the formation of the Regina Five. This group of modernist, abstract painters included Bloore, Ted Godwin, Kenneth Lochhead, Arthur McKay, Doug Morton. Over his long career, Bloore taught art at many Canadian universities. His public art commissions include a mural for Dorval International Airport (1968). Bloore’s artwork has been exhibited extensively internationally, and is held in public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada. Bloore has received honourary doctorates from York University and the University of Regina and was awarded Member of the Order of Canada in 1993.