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Black Bloores

In 1980, when Bloore discovered architects' drafting tapes he shot off in a new direction. He had been doing oil sketches on blocks of watercolour paper. With these tapes used as resists and Sumi ink applied with brushes he could make black space and draw with the revealed paper. These explorations led to a language of forms Bloore would paint with from 1986 onwards. But the unmodulated black fields would not scale up for major work without overwhelming the content. Bloore's efforts at the time to mitigate this effect, first by diluting the inks with water and then by switching from Japanese to European inks gave rise to the Inkworks of 1983 - 86.

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More Black Inkworks viewable
in the Meridian Show pages.

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Black Inkworks viewable
in the Peterborough pages

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And three Black Paintings viewable
in the "Baby Bloore" pages

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