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Oh! the trying times in which we live! History stumbles along and historic events relating to Bloore’s story will be, when we notice, remarked upon here as our own contribution to History.

Happy 30th Anninversary to
the Wallace Galleries!
(September 2017)

The Wallace Galleries in Calgary AB celebrated their 30th anniversary this year with an exhibition from Sept. 14 to Oct. 11 featuring all of their significant stable of artists. Fresh new works were the order of the day, and some very old Bloores can appear fresh and new, so we looked for a 30 year old work.

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July 9 1987, Oil on Masonite, 24 x 36" Click to see larger

And there is one. The estate has only one painting from 1987. And it is stunning and unique. Moreover, the estate has records of just two paintings being done by Bloore that year, in July. They stand like markers between the paintings that went before this transitional year and all the later works. They integrate, in paint, for the first time the dramatic spatial effects Bloore developed in the ink works of ’83 to ’86.

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December 15 1984, Ink on Arches paper, 22 x 30" at Wallace Galleries

The other work, finished two days earlier, and now in a private collection, took a more two dimensional approach to the ink works’ compositional style.

Private Collection

July 7 1987, Oil on Masonite, 24 x 30", Private Collection

It’s obvious success seems to have spurred Bloore on to the ink works’ richer spatial effects like evoking a deep and complex background. The ink work examples shown here are currently in the Wallace Gallery stock.

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August 8 1983, Ink on Arches paper, 22 x 30" at Wallace Galleries

In celebration of the anniversary and also in response to the outstanding success of last year’s Wallace Gallery exhibition Ronald Bloore: Untitled , two other estate paintings accompanied the 1987 work to Calgary. This 2003 piece is one of the last White-on-White paintings and even includes a small window onto the brown world of the works to come.

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July 7 2003, Oil on Masonite, 48 x 32" Click to see larger

And finally, and long overdue, the Wallace Gallery now has available one of the last series of Bloore's long career. A major work which was featured in the Ronald Bloore: Fragments of Infinity travelling exhibition put on by the Mackenzie Art Gallery of Regina.

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Yellow Series #7, July 29 2006, Oil on Masonite, 48 x 48" from Fragments

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Yellow Series #7 in the Wallace Galleries 30th Anniversary show


Going... Going... Going... Nowhere!
(March 2017)

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Painting #9, 1964-5, Oil on Masonite, 24 x 36" Click to see larger

So a familiar piece turned up in Heffel’s March 2017 on line auction. And sadly, it received no bids. It is a great piece of history, radically unique even to this day and a beautiful old painting. But still, no bids.

This White Line Painting of 1965 was first displayed back in the last century by none other than Dorothy Cameron.

DC at the DCG

It is called number 9 and it appears ninth in a column of the Exhibition Catalogue of the show that Cameron traveled to the New Brunswick Museum and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1965. Interestingly, the exhibition hung in a commercial gallery in Toronto and in public galleries in the other two cities.

#9 at the DCG

Also on that list is a painting called Byzantium which was auctioned in 2006. And how long ago even that seems now! That painting was given an estimate of $2,000-2,500 back then but it sold to a certain Mr. Thomson, who knows a deal when he sees one, for over $55,000. That story, and an image of the painting is here.

At the DCG

Here, above and below are some of the 2 foot by 2 foot paintings as they hung in the Dorothy Cameron Gallery in Toronto.

At the DCG

There’s a couple more familiar squares here too: the two grids. One sold badly at auction a while back for only $10,000 and the other is shown below selling a couple of years later at the Moore Gallery in 2011 for $40,000. And those are just 2-by-2’s while this current piece is a 2-by-3. The Wallace Galleries in Calgary just sold a 1960 2-by-4 in October ’16 for $71,000.

At the DCG

But these are the vicissitudes of the auction market. Is it a mug's game, as some say? We must say, no. Is life itself a mug's game? We must say, no. What does our art say about that? It must say, no.

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