John Moore - On the Edge
On the Edge
three colour lithograph
57 x 76.5 cm
Edition 45
John Moore - Ascension
single colour lithograph
56 x 76 cm
Edition 40
john moore grounded
single colour lithograph
56 x 76 cm
Edition 40
John Moore - Affrodizziac
six colour lithograph
76.2 x 56.5 cm
Edition 45
John Moore - The Last Stand
The Last Stand
six colour lithograph
57 x 34 cm
Edition 35


John Moore is a wildlife artist who has been printing for 12 years. He was exposed to animals from an early age as a result of his father being a vet. He remembers many journeys taken through Southern Africa, from the deserts of Namibia to the forests of Natal. His love and knowledge of wildlife is depicted in all his works, whether in the image of a baboon with a halo, or in one of whales drifting through the air.

The beginning of his career saw him focusing on Southern African myths and legends, namely those of the Khoisan and Zulu tales. He looks upon these people as the fathers of the land and focused on their connection to the fauna, flora and the spirits of the ancestors. He incorporated water into many of his works, symbolising rebirth and cleansing.

His work then developed through portraying environmental concerns and become more conceptual. The jackass penguin and oil spills, as well as acid rain and the effects it has on the environment are examples of the exploration of this topic. For a while he also concentrated on the plight of endangered animals. He endeavoured to sensitise the viewer's to the fragility of the natural world around us. He still takes frequent trips into the bush and this interaction with nature is his source of inspiration.

John Moore specialises in woodblocks and lithographs, ranging in size from 20 x 30 cm to 2x3 m. He is a traditional printmaker using techniques that were developed a few hundred years ago.

More recently his work has focused on the spiritual aspects of life. He has created a 'Muse Series' using South African antelope interacting with Greek Mythological beings. He uses the element of light to portray spiritual awakening, almost as if the animals have a message to give to the viewer. He often portrays animals with halos, highlighting their saintliness. He uses vibrant colours in his work to portray emotions and to instil a sense of the energy that is Africa. Although he has a great affinity for big game, he uses many of the lesser-known creatures to highlight his message.

The titles John chooses are created to invite the viewer to step into the work and gain an understanding of the images. They are found in lines of poetry, books or songs as well as from ideas that spring to mind as the work progresses. Occasionally the title inspires the work.


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John MooreBORN 1972, Johannesburg, South Africa


1990 Matric, St Johns College, Jhb

1993 High Diploma, Fine Arts, Wits Technikon
Teachers Training Course, Wits Technikon


2003 Gallery 88 - Sasolburg

2003 Visual Arts, Melville

2002 Art on Paper, Melville

2001 The Castle, Kyalami

1999 Millennium Gallery Pretoria

1998 Magnus Heystek, Fourways 13th Oct - 30th Nov
Gallery 88 - Sasolburg
Bakos brothers - the interior design building on Jan Smuts Ave.

1997 The Michelangelo in Sandton Square 29th Nov -13th Oct
De Beers shining lights awards, 12-30 August, Gallery on the Square.
Gallery 68, Church street, Cape Town, co-ordinated by Peter Visser.
St Andrews School: Founders Day Exhibition January 20- 26th

1996 St Andrews School 24th -31ST Feb
TOGS Brixton: 1st - 12th October

1995 Handle With Care, National Higher Diploma Exhibition, First Gallery:
7th -12th November


2003 Brett Kebble Art Awards, Cape Town

2003 Boyden, Parktown North

2002 IDC, Sandton

2001 Erotic works at Graphiti, Melville
Gallery 88 - Sasolburg

2000 International exhibition at Bayer in Germany
Gallery 88 ­ Sasolburg

1999 SASOL Head Office
Gallery 88 - Sasolburg
Secunda - Graceland
The Art Space

1998 Visual Arts, Melville, 10th Oct - 31st Oct
Alliance Francaise, 5th Oct - 23rd Oct
Momentum East, Pta
St. Johnšs Centenary Exhibition
Nelson Mandelašs Childrenšs Fund 19th - 21st Feb - City Hall

1997 Volkskas Atelier Awards, Bloemfontein
Erotic Miniatures Show at the Thompson Gallery
South Africašs Top Contemporary Artists
Country Life Arts and Crafts Fare
Won 2nd place at the Kempton Park National Salon
Red Cross Christmas Card Exhibition- Exhibited at Gallery on the
PG Glass exhibition (the money of works sold went to the street
Carfax Exhibition from 1st March - 1st April
Indian Biennial 1997- Bhopal

1996 Kempton Park National Salon, won 2nd place
Volkskas Atelier Awards, Pretoria
Gauteng Printmakers Show, Stellenbosch University
Everard Read Gallery, Exhibited work on a group show
Everard Read Gallery, M- NET (Red Nose Day), commission
Little Show of Drawers, Pretoria University Gallery
Pretoria Art Museum, invitation to all artists who exhibited previously
Guild Gallery, Child Welfare Show


Telkom Towers North - Pretoria

First National Bank


A.B.N Amro

Spoor and Fisher

Witwatersrand Technikon

St Andrews School - Bedfordview

St Johns College - Houghton

Olivetti Computer Company

M-NET Head office

Rand Merchant Bank

SASOL Head Office and Secunda

Standard Bank

Oracle Computers

De Beers

Auditor General

Works are held in private collections in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia.


2002 Donated a print to RMB to raise funds for AIDS

1999 Donated a print to the Aids foundation to raise funds for Aids research.

1998 Donated an oil painting to the "Nelson Mandelašs Childrenšs Fund" it was signed by the President on the evening of the Gala event at City Hall.

1998 Donated prints to Lifeline as well as "Friends of the Johannesburg Art galley".

1997 The Red Cross Society invited me to design a card with a Christmas theme to be sold to the members of the public in the 1997 Christmas Season.

1996 Commissioned to complete the largest woodcut in South Africa 2m - 1.5m.

1995 Completed a colour woodcut for M-NET and Red Nose Day.

1995 Invited by The Artists' Press to complete a Scratch lithograph - a new process to them.

1993 Peter Stockhammer- a metalworker who has done work for Sol Kersner's Lost City - commissioned me to do sketches for a crocodile balustrade for an American Restaurant with an African Theme in the USA.


The Star Tonight - November 15th 1995

Looking North - November 20th 1995 (interview about my solo show at First Gallery)

Style Magazine - August Issue 1996 (two page interview about my work) 

The Citizen - Mecca for Innovation (Carfax Exhibition) 8th March 1997

Country Life Magazine - May Edition 1997 - Artšs and crafts fare mentioning my work in the article.

The Star - Tuesday 6th May 1997 (Page 10) talking about the Red - Cross Society and why artists should participate featuring me as an artist as well as a picture of one of the cards I submitted.

Pretoria News - 1st April 1997 - a front page article in the showtime section about the Red - Cross Christmas card promotion with my work being printed as an eye catcher.

Sunday Independent - Sunday Life Magazine Feb 98

The Star Tonight - 17 Feb 98 - article on the Mandela Childrenšs Fund painting.

A Directory of South African Contemporary Art Practices - featuring a collection of South African artists.

Financial Mail - 2002

The Star Tonight ­ 2002

Financial Mail ­ 2003

The Citizen - 2003

Namaste - 2003





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