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The Estate of Ronald Bloore
12 Horfield Ave. Toronto, M1M1X8

Content, History and Currency

While ronbloore.ca is the painter’s official web site, originally set up and supervised by Ron Bloore and now kept up by his estate, it is no less a personal work. This site is entirely the product of one person’s efforts and it benefits and suffers from the unity and eccentricity of all such sites. The studio assistant who began the site in the nineteen hundreds by buying a book about HTML became over the years Ron’s closest friend, advisor and colleague in arms and eventually the director of his estate and he maintains the site to this day.

RonBloore.ca began as a byproduct of the job of cataloguing the works which remained in the painter's possession. Its inevitable expansion to include commentary was a bit problematic because its subject and sponsor refused to read it. The painter stuck to a policy, implemented in 1959, of not saying, writing, nor even reading anything about himself or his work, except to speak of his methods or to fact-check information.

Fact-checking is always difficult. It means judging the relative value of sometimes dubious and occasionally contradictory memories, reports and records. The artist temperament is not renowned for its reliability in regards to accuracy of memory, consistency of reports or conscientiousness of record keeping. Art lovers, commentators and hangers-on neither. But the gathering and sifting and sorting will go on.

Commentary is rightly asked of the estate. But that is a request Bloore himself denied because his remarks could be given too much weight. Painters tend to speak as artistically as they paint. As methodically, coherently and clearly too. So Bloore was an exemplary speaker. But his understanding of the meaning of his work could not be resolved in unambiguous words, and so he stuck to silence. Now he has left us to try. And none knew Ron Bloore better than he at the helm of this site.

Bloore's art and, to some extent, his public life are our concerns. In terms of his personal life, suffice it to say, he was born in Brampton ON (at 2:49 a.m. May 29, 1925), he had an older brother, two wives (both named Dorothy), four children and died in Toronto ON (at about 1:30 p.m. September 4, 2009).


The oldest sections of the site were designed for 56Kbps modems. Later on gallery pages were tailored to 1Mbps broadband and larger monitors. Now, with higher speed connections and new browser features images are gathered onto single long pages and high resolution scans open in separate windows.

Ronbloore.ca is being updated piecemeal. New pages are being posted even when they are in early stages of development. Recently added or altered pages appear in light text on the Contents page and hovering on the links will reveal when they were added or updated. No page on the site is ever really finalized.

Wandering the site will usually lead to vintage web pages. A few of these will be kept for their old world charm. But they are still corrected, adjusted and added to as new information arises and their code will be kept viable as long as their look and feel can be preserved.

In early days links were hover-colour coded differently: orange within the site, blue to other sites and red to elsewhere on the same page. But outside links keep dying so there are no more outgoing links. Orange links still go around the site or around the current page. Red colouring is now applied to sold works and links (and image borders) that turn blue when hovered over are artworks in the estate which are now for sale (or at least will be at some point).

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Linda Corbett took this photo while shooting
of her documentary filmWhite Balance.
In the background are works framed for the
Winchester Gallery show in Victoria, BC.


The Estate of Ronald Bloore
12 Horfield Ave. Toronto, M1M1X8


Wallace ’16
Wallace ’11
Moore ’11
Mackenzie ’07
Peter Pan 2006-15
Bloore at 80, 2005
Art Company ’03
Winchester ’03
Meridian ’03
Lambton ’02
Not Without Design
Drawings 1960-88
Regina 5 Two, 1981
Here And Now ’62
Win Hedore ’60

Late Sixties
Early Sixties
The Beginning
Early Drawing
Mixing Media
Black Inkworks
Larger Inkworks
Studies on Paper
Baby Bloores

Canadian Art 1951
Wyers' Folk Art 1960
Wyers Retrospective
Morton Retrospective
Five Interviews ’93
Bloore at Eighty ’88-’05
Peterborough Donation ’88
Bloore Drawings 1960-88
Regina 5 Reunion 1981
Art Criticism 1966
Here And Now 1962
Win Hedore 1960
Not Without Design

Photo Album
Bloores at Home
Exploring One Page
Sunday Sketches
Current Events
Old Calendar