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Toronto Daily Star, Saturday, March 3, 1962


By Robert Fulford

610044b FOR A PAINTER who has never had an exhibition to call his own, Ronald Bloore owns a considerable reputation. His paintings have been bought by the National Gallery and some important private collectors, he was included in the Canadian display at last year's Sao Paulo biennial, and he is part of the current national touring show, "Five from Regina" organized by the National Gallery. At the same time he has won a wide reputation as a museum director, during four years in charge of the Norman Mackenzie gallery at Regina College, perhaps the most distinguished modern art gallery in the west.

This week, at the age of 36, Bloore has his first one man show, at the Here and Now Gallery. It places In perspective the work of an important Canadian artist who has previously been represented in Toronto by only one or a few pictures at a time.

Bloore is a close artistic relative, if not exactly a descendant, of Barnett Newman, the New York master of cool, monumental, classic, non-objective art. Bloore works (in this show, anyway) on a smaller scale, and his work contains rather more directly expressed emotion than Newman's He is most certainly his own man. His works have more power than is possible within a borrowed frame of reference.

With the greatest possible economy - his titles, like "White Line Painting" and "White Cross" are almost exact descriptions - Bloore's paintings achieve a classic elegance, commanding the walls on which they hang, filling the gallery with a unique strength. They have tension, grace, and an exciting sense of urgency. Only once in a while does he go beyond utter simplicity, and then he sometimes fails: "Green-Yellow Painting,*" though perhaps effective enough on its own, seems almost vulgar in this austere setting. But one other excursion into richness, "Byzantium," is a total success.

*- actually "Yellow-Green Painting" now at the Agnes Etherington Gallery.
[Many paintings from this show are in the 1958-62 Gallery.]

Bloore on Canadian Art -1951
Bloore on Folk Art -1960
Bloore at the Wyers Retro -1989
Bloore at the Morton Retro -1994

Bloore at Eighty - by Illi Tamplin -2005
Canadian Encyclopedia - and the Oxford -1998
Five Interviews - by Robert Enright -1993
Tamplin Collection Donation - by Kay Kritzwiser -1988
R.L. Bloore Drawings 1960-1988 - by Illi Tamplin -1988
Regina Five In Creemore - with Olive Price-Adams -1981
Bloore - and contemporary art criticism - by Barry Lord -1966
Bloore - at the Here And Now - by Robert Fulford -1962
Win Hedore in Time Magazine - I Remember Dada -1960

Not Without Design - by Terrence Heath -1991

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