Master Printmaker • Artist • Educator
John uses various myths and legends to inform his bright and vivid imagery. Through his affinity for the mystical, we observe the subtle secretive world of our natural habitat.
His signature is meticulously detailed conceptual images, brought to life by his technical mastery of printmaking techniques such as; etching, linocut, lithograph, woodblock and mezzotint, which he prints on one of South Africa’s largest presses. John is also an accomplished Charcoal, pencil and Pastel artist.
John shares his passion for art by teaching short courses in print techniques and drawing to students, adults and children. He also offers master classes and internships to artists wishing to learn about the different printmaking methodologies.
The Pangolin Room – John’s studio in Fourways, Sandton is fully equipped with small, medium and large printing presses and lots of surface space enabling the creation of large or small artworks. John’s studio space is available for exclusive use by seasoned artists, by prior arrangement.
An exhibition by acclaimed Johannesburg artist John Moore has opened at the In Toto Gallery in Illovo and will run until January 2020. The exhibition, titled “Etchings” features a collection of 60 extraordinary pieces by Moore, from small 10cm x 15cm pieces to huge 2m x 1m works.
A central theme running through the show is the artist’s environmental concerns.
“We as humans are ever-growing, exploiting and pushing nature out of her natural zones as we expand, threatening the fauna and flora of this planet. We need to change our ways or we will face considerable issues in the near future.”
Moore also says that he gets his inspiration from “the magic of the moment, of being present and witnessing the beauty of nature”, but also looks at how species are attracted to each other, often forming co-dependent relationships. How some insects pollinate specific flowers, how some species of animals and birds are common and others extremely rare (the scrub hare being common, the Riverine rabbit being extremely isolated being just one example).
Moore’s work is highly detailed, taking many hours to create due to its complexity and also because the artist uses age-old techniques and processes invented in Rembrandt’s time to make sure each print is created to last over 500 years. Indeed, some of the larger works have taken Moore eight months or more – per piece – to complete.
“Let us hope the animals depicted in them can last even longer,” he says. Moore hopes that visitors to the exhibition will take their time and look at the play of light and form, the relationship of the objects on the picture plane and observe the high level of detail in the work.
“Like in nature the longer you spend in front of each piece the more it can talk to you and reveal things to you. Like in nature, when you sit, observe and reflect, slowly nature reveals itself to you. This is exactly the play I like to have in my work.”
Etchings, An Exhibition by John Moore is on now at the Toto Gallery, Shop 3C, Illovo Square Shopping Centre, 3 Rivonia Road, Illovo. Opening hours are Monday – Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 and Saturdays from 11:00 to 14:30. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 011 447 6543
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