John Moore: Shades of Gray, 2010
Text by Paul Galvez
56 pages, Softcover
Published by Locks Art Publications
ISBN: 978-1-879173-56-9

This publication, accompanying John Moore’s first exclusive drawing show, is composed of eighteen charcoal works, all completed in 2009. An ambitious endeavor into a medium that the artist had only previously handled while in college, these large-scale drawings each have a unique subject and are not studies or preparatory drawings for paintings. Seeking a break from painting, his sole pursuit over the last decade and the focus of a mid-career retrospective in 2009, the artist was drawn to a total immersion in a new medium. Charcoal’s flexibility and variety of hues enhances the depth of field and the articulation of architectural forms - longstanding hallmarks of Moore’s work. The density of the heavily worked charcoal achieves a surface richness akin to painting. Each work also reveals Moore’s own analytic approach to the urban landscape and architecture - lifelong interests.

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