John L. Moore
February 2, 1939
Artist Biography
Acquisition Number: 994.1
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 60 1/4" x 78 1/4"
Date: 1987
Credit: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Esidore Parker

As a child, John Moore was drawn to water. He played for hours on the banks of Doan Creek in Cleveland, Ohio, near the place where it flowed into Lake Erie. Years later, when he began to paint, he found himself trying to bring together the quicksilver texture and nervous turbulence of flowing water and the stark architectural shapes of his inner-city neighborhood. The subdued, deliberately limited palette of colors and the simple shapes with which Moore works contribute to the intensity of his vision. “I work intuitively,” he said. “I lay down a shape that's been bugging me; I push it along." Pulsating with energy and incipient meaning, Moore's paintings, at once abstract and deeply personal, demonstrate the power of the creative act.