Joy Moore Landscapes
I was born in Bristol, England and studied at the Schools of art in Bristol and Birmingham, graduating from Birmingham Art College in 1978. On my graduation I was awarded the Dame Louisa Ryland scholarship which enabled to me travel to Paris and study art in the Louvre
I then lived in London for 25 years where I ran a dual career as a manager of environmental projects and working as an artist. In 2006 I moved to Piemonte, in Northern Italy where I live in a converted farm house and have my studio in the former hayloft. Since moving to Italy I have been able to paint full-time.
about my work
Landscape has always been my passion and my location in Piemonte gives me easy access to beautiful landscape - (on my doorstep) and to the magnificent mountains of northern Italy, and the sea, However my subjects are not confined to Italy and I am still excited by the dramatic landscapes of Scotland and Ireland where I return from time to time
My aim is to paint the essence of the landscape. - to translate how I feel when I am in the landscape and what it means to me, rather than reproduce a view of it. To achieve this my work is of necessity semi abstracted, although it is always related to a specific location.
I explore the use of symbolic marks to indicate the features of the landscape.. Colour has always been a key feature of my work and I seek to push the boundaries of form and space.
In recent years I have developed what I call my "Flowerscapes" I have always loved flowers., but as with my landscapes I want to convey the energy and colour of both wild and cultivated flowers, rather than their botanical form. Many of these paintings appear to be completely abstract, but they always come from something tangible. - a specific flower or maybe the profusion of wild flowers in a mountain meadow. (imagine Wordsworth’s host of golden daffodils) For me the word flowerscape exemplifies the color and aesthetic appeal of flowers. After developing this approach to my floral work I see that it relates to the expressive floral paintings of the late Monet works and those of Joan Mitchell.
how I create it
I like to walk in the hills and mountains and make sketches and take photographs but mostly to absorb the atmosphere and to see and feel the seasonal changes.
In my studio I often work up larger drawings from my sketches or memories using a range of media - pastels, inks, watercolour. I then start my paintings with a series of acrylic washes and the building up of layers of paint. I like to explore the quality of the paint, often scraping paint off of the canvas revealing subtle textures and colours beneath and contrasting these with opaque textured paint. I use a variety of tools besides brushes- palette knives, rollers, scrapers, rags.
However sometimes I will come back to my studio from a walk and start working intuitively to quickly get down my feelings and memories.
showing and selling my work
I have exhibited and sold my work in galleries in Italy and other European Countries - England, Scotland , Germany, France, Spain, Sweden; and in the United States. - Los Angeles, Tennessee and New York.
I take part in International Art Fairs including the Florence Biennale where I exhibited in October 2021.