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RON BLOORE
Discovered Drawings Jan - Feb 1980

The Moore Gallery, Toronto ON, Nov. 6 - 27, 1999

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While moving house in 1998, a large number of works on paper were moved from Ron Bloore's small home studio to his painting studio downtown. Among these drawings, mostly sketches and explorations, was an exquisite group of fully realized works from 1980 on Arches paper done with gouache, oil and ink all together. These beautifully delicate works had never been shown to anyone outside that small sunny room, and were eventually forgotten by Bloore himself.

Thirteen of the works were exhibited by the Moore Gallery in November 1999 as the “Discovered Drawings.” The work at the top was reproduced on the invitation to the show.

    


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1980, January 1 (one of two), Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm

 

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1980, January 6 (one of three), Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm

 

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1980, January 11 (one of three), Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm

 

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1980, January 11 (one of three), Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm

This work, and the next, hung in the 2016 "Ron Bloore, Untitled" exhibition at the Wallace Galleries, featured on the site here.

 

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1980, January 12 (one of two), Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm

This work also hung in the 2016 "Ron Bloore, Untitled" exhibition at the Wallace Galleries, featured on the site here.

 

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1980, January 13 (one of two), Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm

 

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1980, January 27 (one of two), Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm

Clicking the images in this gallery, as with most, will open a new window with a larger view, but these old captures do not offer much in the way of detail and immediacy. They were shot using 35mm film for documentation, not for publication.

 

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1980, February 2 (one of three), Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm

This work was donated to the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario for their 2001 Art Auction. The catalogue had this to say about it:

This ink/oil piece features five stems and flowers or perhaps, seeds from a watermelon, progress[ing] along a straight line, marching to the beat of their own drummer.

Faced with Bloore's unwillingness to spoon feed them bon mots about his work, no other commenter has produced an interpretation as charming as this.

 

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1980, February 3, Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm

This work was donated to the St. George Society for their Red Rose Ball.

 

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1980, February 9, Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm

 

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1980, February 12, Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm

 

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1980, February 2 (one of four), Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm

 

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1980, May 1 (one of two), Oil, gouache, ink on paper, 18 x 24", 46 x 61cm, Private Collection

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