Did he paint in 1950’s?
Yes, and the 40’s, but Bloore destroyed or dismissed all this pre-1958 work as formative. The summer he went from abstraction to non-representation was his real start as a painter and his return from Greece in 1963 was the beginning of his main contribution to painting as such.
When did he die?
He died Sept. 4th, 2009 at the age of 84 in Toronto. He was born in Brampton in 1925.
Did he have any kids?
He had one older brother, two wives (both named Dorothy) and four children.
Why so much white?
Many, many, many reasons. Principally for its advantages in showing texture and relief.
Was Bloore in the R.C.A.?
He was not a joiner of clubs, not the RCA or the RSA or any other. He did receive the Order of Canada, so he could be called a “member” of that. He also received two Honourary Doctorates but you wouldn’t call him a “Doctor.”
Wasn’t he the leader of the Regina Five?
No. There was never a group of painters who called themselves the Regina Five. Nevertheless the phrase dogged the seven or eight artists related to the story their entire careers, and it pops up in many of the texts here.
Who are the estate's dealers?
The Bloore Estate has only kept up his relationship with one dealer, the Wallace Galleries in Calgary. Ron Moore in Toronto has retired. Our representation in Victoria at the Winchester Gallery and in Regina at the Nouveau Gallery has gone dormant.
Does the estate use auctions?
Not for Bloores. The estate has auctioned some of his collection of other artist's works. But the generation currently in fashion at auctions, at least outside Alberta, is the one that preceded his. “These are the guys,” Bloore said, “it was our job to get rid of. Very sad, dead-end stuff. Full of Marxist claptrap.” Plus ça change...