The Calling - Contemporary, Mixed Media on Fabriano Paper, 21st Century - Mixed Media Art by John Moore
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John Moore
The Calling - Contemporary, Mixed Media on Fabriano Paper, 21st Century

2018

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John Moore was introduced to the fauna and flora of Southern Africa at an early age. He remembers his veterinarian father coming home with different creatures, including snakes, rabbits and pigeons. He and his twin brother often played with these animals in early childhood, which instilled in him a love and appreciation for wildlife. John was schooled at St John’s College Johannesburg, which allowed for long holidays and exploration of Southern Africa. His grandparents often took them on safari to the Kruger National Park, where they were taught to love and appreciate wildlife in every form. Here they learned not only to enjoy the wonder of the “Big Five” but also the detail and complexity of “the little things”. John remembers sitting at waterholes for hours armed with his binoculars and nature books, studying birds, trees and insects. Over the years his appreciation for detail and microorganisms was firmly fixed into his growing imagination. He also learned to appreciate the different ecosystems that inhabit Southern Africa by visiting the contrasting coastal forests of Kwa-Zulu Natal and the arid deserts of Namibia - both beautiful and diverse. The abundance of wildlife, all living in these fascinating surroundings, fired his imagination. He was able to witness and appreciate the indigenous people of Southern Africa and listen to their indigenous beliefs and tales of the surrounding fauna and flora sitting around the fire. At the end of his school career, John had to decide whether to go into ‘the arts’ or wildlife conservation. He decided on a career in Graphic Design and was accepted into the Graphic Design course at Witwatersrand Technikon in 1991, where he then changed to Fine Arts. He realised that he could now create the images of the creatures he so admired, and he was able to merge his love of wildlife with his love of art. Due to his childhood experiences, John started to create detailed designs in his work, enjoying the complexity of imagery as well as the opportunity to create multiple editions of his work. He very quickly realised that printmaking would be the form of art he wanted to pursue and he completed his H.Dip diploma in printmaking. Throughout his career, his work has become more and more detailed, large and complex. His chosen art forms include etchings, lithographs, woodblocks and linocuts. His work has evolved into more conceptual imagery and he now has South Africa’s largest printing press in his studio. He is passionate about working on a large-scale and creating immense detailed imagery. John's material is gleaned from “experiencing life, in all its forms”.

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  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 55.12 in. x W 63 in. x D 0.04 in.H 140 cm x W 160 cm x D 1 mm
  • Gallery Location
    Johannesburg, ZA
  • Reference Number
    LU110114461622
  • Seller Reference Number
    JM 04/19
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