David Moore was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1941. Having studied locally at Burslem College of Art from 1957-1962 he was awarded a place at the Royal College of Art in London before graduating in in 1965. On his return to the Potteries he worked for two years as a designer of industrial ceramics before moving on to teach Art and Design from 1967-1990.
‘Although my early development in art was essentially one of design, for as long as I can remember painting and drawing was an activity in which I felt more interested. A fascination with the history of painters and their work began at adolescence, and the opportunity to produce work was encouraged at my first Art College through the discipline of life classes and my own expeditions in outdoor sketching and painting. My first visit to St. Ives in 1963 became very important to me in this respect. There I drew images of Porthmeor and the harbour and returned to the town throughout the subsequent years.
My art work is still somehow connected to the idea of landscape, although a strong impulse towards the plasticity and aesthetic quality of oil paint can dominate in the actual process, producing a more emotionally charged result. Essentially abstract, my paintings record experiences of how texture and balance, depth of field, and colour have become the prime motive in my work.’
In 2017 David Moore sold out his one man show at the Penwith Gallery in St. Ives. He lives in the town and works from his studio near Porthmeor beach.
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