Come for the Paintings, Stay for the Drawings

Ronald Langley Bloore, Canadian (1925-2009), Untitled, 1982, oil on Masonite, 109 x 244 cm. Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Art Gallery Collection, Gift of Ron and Tabita Moore, 1993, 1993.157 © the estate of Ronald Bloore.

Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) invites you to explore the complexities of black and white composition through a series of unique and captivating drawings by Toronto artist Ronald Bloore. Drawn solely from the art collection at PAMA, Ronald Bloore: Black and White features 27 unique works of art on paper. Bloore is best known for his white on white works, of which a few are on display in a secondary PAMA show titled Selections from the Vault.

Join Senior Curator Darrin Martens on Sunday, Feb. 10 | 2 – 3 p.m. as he dives into a discussion about these unique black and white works. “Experiencing Ronald Bloore’s Sumi drawings at PAMA provides visitors with an opportunity to compare the mechanics of our lives through art. Bloore’s highly graphic, intimate and expressive drawings allow us to consider relationships, patterns and form in entirely new ways. They narrate a journey into the brilliance that only black and white compositions can provide” states Martens.

Ronald Langley Bloore, 29/5/80, 1980, Sumi ink on paper, 35.5 x 50.8 cm. Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, Art Gallery Collection, Gift of Mr. Geordie Brown, 1998 © the estate of Ronald Bloore

Ronald Bloore: Black and White will be on view Thursday, January 31 through Tuesday, May 28. This selection of works examines compositional space and brings together a lesser known vein of the artist’s career providing PAMA the opportunity to research and present new ideas about Bloore. In Black and White, Bloore maintains his structural focus while emphasizing a hard-edged approach to abstract forms.

Ronald Langley Bloore, C.M., M.A., Ll.D., D.Litt (1925 – 2009) was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. A founding member of the Regina Five, Bloore’s contribution to Canadian art history as an art historian and artist resonate with contemporary practitioners today. “Ronald Bloore was the consummate art professional,” notes PAMA manager Marty Brent. “He strongly believed that a painting had to function as a painting above all else. Any theories, comparisons or influences were irrelevant.”

Form, colour, texture and composition are the hallmarks of Ronald Bloore’s art. This exhibition showcases a series of works that reveal the artist’s willingness to challenge himself and explore new ways of working and communicating his ideas.

More Opportunities to Learn about Bloore:

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. Brampton. Visit to learn more or call 905-791-4055.