The paintings of RSF resident and artist Anne Swan Moore are on show beginning Sept. 29 and running through Oct. 13 at Rhino Art Company’s Gallery 97 in Encinitas. Moore’s one-woman show titled “Sun Seekers” features 45 boldly colored and richly detailed paintings of fruits, vegetables, flowers and cacti. The works range in size from one foot square to four feet square.
Writing in Artweek magazine covering one of Moore’s earlier shows, art critic Robert McDonald declared that her “color sense is sophisticated and pleasing, and her control of the brush is energetic and sure. Moore’s paintings create a feeling of compatibility with nature. They require examination both from a distance and up close, both straight on and from oblique angles.” In the Los Angeles Times, Leah Goldman praised Moore’s work as “evocative.”
Moore’s paintings have been featured in 25 art gallery exhibitions over the past 20 years — in France, California, Texas and Florida. They hang in many private collections in New York, Maryland, California and Texas.
From the age of 5 on, Moore played piano, flute, cornet and classical guitar. But, upon discovering painting, she found her true art form. Moore studied painting and drawing at San Antonio’s McNay Institute and various other private institutions. At the University of Houston, where she received a bachelor of fine arts, she felt privileged to study with John Alexander, James Surls and British pop artist Derek Boshier.
For nine years, Moore had a studio in New York City’s Soho arts district, where her painting style evolved from landscapes and abstracts to dramatic, hard-edged fruits, vegetables and flowers. For 15 years her work has hung in, and has been featured in, many shows at Houston’s Harris Gallery. She has just appeared there in “Art Houston,” an annual citywide art show.
Moore’s paintings are contemporary compositions with classical themes, often influenced by the music to which she works. Fruits and flowers in different stages of their ripening lives are shown in various paintings.
Her work was in a juried competition published in New American Paintings—a quarterly magazine directed mainly toward collectors, museums and galleries.
The Encinitas show is Moore’s first in California since appearing in a La Jolla gallery over 20 years ago. Now that she currently is painting in Southern California, Moore is looking forward to also establishing a west coast representation in order to reach an expanded audience. Her work can be seen at the website https://anneswanmoore.com.
A free opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29. Rhino Art Co. Gallery is located at 97 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, (760) 943 7440; anneswanmoore.com.