John Moore - Master Printmaker & Artist
John Moore was introduced to the fauna and flora of Southern Africa at an early age. He remembers his veterinarian father coming home with a menagerie of creatures: rabbits, pigeons, hedgehogs and even snakes. Throughout his childhood, he and his twin brother explored and played in the undergrowth of urban gardens or bushveld. This instilled a life-long love and appreciation for wildlife.
John was schooled at St John’s College Johannesburg which allowed for long holidays and explorations of Southern Africa. His grandparents often took ‘the kids on safari” to various National Parks which included The Kruger, The Kgalagadi and Namibia. They grew to love and appreciate wildlife in every form. They enjoyed not only the the wonder of the “Big Five” but also the complexity and detail of “the little things”. John remembers sitting at waterholes for hours armed with his binoculars, nature books and sketch books where he had time to study birds, trees and insects. Over the years his appreciation for detail and micro organisms has been firmly entrenched into his vivid images.
He also learned to appreciate the different ecosystems within Southern Africa. His explored the contrasting coastal forests of Kwa-zulu Natal and the arid deserts of Namibia. Both beautiful and diverse. The abundance of wildlife in fascinating surroundings fired his thought processes. He was fortunate to mingle with and appreciate the indigenous people of Southern Africa, the San/Bushman, and has had the opportunity to share and listen to tales of the natural world around the fireside with them. There too he absorbed their myths and legends.
At the end of his school career, John had to make a decision whether to follow “the Arts” or wildlife conservation. He decided on a career in Graphic design and was accepted at Witwatersrand Technikon in 1991 where he changed courses and found his niche in Fine Arts. Here he merged his passion for wildlife with his love for art. He completed his H.Dip Diploma in printmaking.
Due to his childhood experiences, John started to create detailed designs in his work. He enjoys the complexity of fine-line imagery as well as the opportunity to print multiple editions. He very quickly realized that the printmaking medium would be the form of art which would be the best way to translate his thoughts into images. Through his career, John's work has become more detailed, large and complex. His chosen printmaking techniques include etching, lithographs, woodblocks and Linocuts where his work has evolved into more conceptual imagery
John has South Africa’s largest printing press in his studio which allows him to focus and work on a large-scale images creating immense detailed mark-making in the works. John's inspiration for his images comes from “experiencing life in all its forms”.
In John's most recent works the emphasis has shifted to the myths and legends of the San, the people he believes to be 'the original people' whose inspirational philosophy and understanding of the environment allows us an appreciation and mutual respect for all things.
His work can be viewed in private collections, various commercial banks and he is represented by many galleries both in South Africa and abroad.
To view his work please contact him at 0735490370 to set up an appointment to visit his studio.
John undertakes commissions, lectures, demonstrations and teaching appointments.
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