New This Month March 30 2015

Larry MooreInteriors and Exteriors

On exhibit: April 4 —25, 2015
Opening reception: Saturday, April 4, 4—7pm
Artists Talk: Friday, April 17, 11am

Intruder by Larry MooreNew Smyrna Beach, FL —Arts on Douglas announces the opening of Interiors and Exteriors, a solo exhibition by Orlando-based artist, Larry Moore. The exhibition will be on view April 4—25, 2015 with an opening reception on Saturday, April 4, 4-7pm, and an Artists Talk on Friday, April 17, 11am. The exhibition, opening reception, and Artists Talk are free and open to the public.

Larry Moore is an award-winning painter and illustrator who is equally comfortable painting in the studio as he is painting en plein air. His highly anticipated new exhibition, Interiors and Exteriors, demonstrates the ease of which Moore can move in and out of those environments.

Throughout history representations of the environment have evolved alongside cultural beliefs and values. By placing two very different spaces side-by-side Interiors and Exteriors captures the pervasive tension between natural and manmade environments. The exhibition consists of Moore's signature scenic landscape oil paintings as well as his little-known paintings of interior spaces.

Moore approaches painting with an understanding that his subject matter is mediated by perception and his physical experience in the field. Unlike conventional plein air painters, Moore does not aim for topographic accuracy. Instead, he approaches painting with an understanding of the perceptual and material conditions of the environment. Before applying paint to the canvas, Moore surveys the scene to determine what expressive theme, narrative, or mood emerges. “Responding to a scene intuitively is a decidedly right-brain event. But quantifying what it is that I see engages the left brain and helps to keep me focused throughout the painting process,” Moore explained. This creative synthesis allows Moore to construct painterly compositions that skillfully render the visual drama of those environments.

Moore's interior paintings emphasize the aesthetic qualities of space, shape, color, and texture of industrial spaces. Displayed next to scenic landscapes, these paintings challenge the logic of what is considered “natural." The artist distorts the "natural" boundary between nature and man-made environments. In the painting Intruder, for instance, the continuity of a space designed for human use is interrupted by the appearance of a stately stag. By placing the stag in a man-made space viewers are prompted to question who or what is intruding. The artist hints: “The insertion of nature into these settings ties the content together, and in some way implies that nature will eventually reclaim her realm."

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Larry Moore received a B.F.A in Graphic Design from the University of Florida. His award-winning illustrations have been featured in exhibitions, campaigns, and editorials such as Society of Illustrators, Communications Arts- Illustration Annual, and Luerzer Illustrator Archive. Moore regularly participates in organized plein air painting events, including Carmel Art Festival and Buck County Plein Air where he received Best in Show awards. His work has been featured at the Society of Illustrators Museum, NY, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, Laguna Museum of Art, Laguna, CA, Thomas Center for the Arts, Gainesville, FL, The Museum of Florida Art, Deland, FL, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, and Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR. His paintings and illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, such as Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector, Create Magazine, Pastel Journal, Artist Workshop Magazine, and The Outdoor Painters Magazine. Moore maintains a studio in Orlando.