Ronald Langley Bloore, Byzantine Light Series XXXII, 1975,
oil on masonite, 24 in. x 34 in.,
signed, titled and dated verso.
The real emphasis for Ronald Bloore in these fascinating Byzantine Light paintings was the interpretation of light. Bloore’s predilection to white was initially awakened and intensified by his experiences living on a Greek Island, travelling in Egypt, Spain, Iran, but especially in the Aegean where the unsullied light had a metaphysical potence. These experiences have been the steadiest force throughout Bloore’s painting life. “White from the beginning for Ronald Bloore has always had the equivalences of light, of primal energy, of intellectual clarity, of immanence.“1 Former international art curator, Theodore Heinrich
One of the most persistent shapes or images in these Byzantine Light paintings is a slightly flattened arch within the rectangular shape of the panel and its enclosed regular arrangements of ovals or other forms that are translucent. The artist was fascinated on his trips to the Byzantine Chapels, exploring the many shapes and details of how the light effects ones perception of internal and external spaces.
Ronald Bloore, (1925 – 2009), was one of the great visionaries of modern painting. Bloore was a scholar, a writer, an art historian, a contemporary art curator, a professor of art and archaeology, and most importantly a world class abstract painter who defied all convention and pushed all boundaries to create a highly original iconography in his abstract painting. The artist’s paintings have been collected by The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, The Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Quebec, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Musee du Quebec, Musee d’art Contemporain, Montreal, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Mendel Art Gallery, the Edmonton Art Gallery, the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in New Brunswick, the Confederation Center Art Gallery, and several other public art museums across Canada.
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