Ronald Bloore


Ronald Langley Bloore, typically referred to as "Ron Bloore", is one of the most distinctive Canadian painters of the 20th century.
The artist taught at several Canadian institutions such as University of Saskatchewan and York University. Bloore was influential in inviting Barnet Newman to Saskatchewan, a visit that would have a lasting impact on western Canadian artists.
One of the few minimalist painters in Canada, Bloore is renowned for his highly original and sparse white paintings, and was an instrumental member of the ‚ÄúRegina Five.‚ÄĚ
In 1959, the artist mounted an exhibition named "Regina Five" that would travel across the nation, eventually making its way to The National Gallery of Canada in 1961. The group would stay connected until 1966, which coincided with Bloore's move from the prairies to Toronto.
Receiving the Canadian Arts Senior Arts Fellowship Grant in 1962, Bloore travelled and worked abroad in Greece, Turkey and Egypt. The antiquity and architecture Bloore was in contact with on this trip vastly refigured his painterly style.
Returning to Canada the following year, the artist destroyed his previous work and began working without colour in the hopes of attainting the monumentality of the ancient architecture he had seen while away.
"White Lines" created in this later period, is an excellent example of Bloore’s allusion to ancient antiquity. The thick white background leaves room for vertical lines of paint to allude to monumental columns present throughout ancient architecture.

To see another fine example of his work, in the permanent collection of the National Gallery, click here. 

Like most minimal masterpieces, this work demands first-hand inspection.
We welcome you to make an appointment to see this work in person at the Caviar20 loft. 

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Oil on canvas board

Canada, 1970

5"H 7"W (unframed) 

6"H 8 2/5" (framed)

Provenance: The Morris Gallery (original receipt included, see final image)

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