Gold Panner left view

"Gold Panner"

Released as a numbered & signed limited edition of 100 bronze castings

Size: 300mm H x 280mm L x 240mm W

 

 

Gold Panner front view  Gold Panner rear view

 

Price in $NZ
Bronze sculpture: $4,500
New Zealand delivery included


Brian Moore
PO Box 527
Orewa 0946
New Zealand

Phone: 09 427 5728

International calls: +64 9 427 5728

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Up at the Kings website image

"Up at the Kings"

 

Oil on canvas
Released as a limited edition of 100 numbered & signed fine art digital reproductions

"Up at the Kings" is a painting of a striped marlin leaping clear out of the sea near the Three Kings Islands. Situated 50 nautical miles off the tip of the North Island of New Zealand, the Kings are famous for rough seas and prolific gamefish. You can see a glimpse of Great Island, the largest in the group.

 

  Kingsframed

"Up at the Kings"
Size: approx 470mm x 626mm (moulding style subject to availability)

Up At The Kings stretched

 

"Up at the Kings"
stretched canvas with wrapped edge
Size: 552mm X 390mm (21 3/4in X 15 1/4in)
 
 
Unframed prints are gently rolled in a strong, sealed, PVC tube 
Image size: 552mm X 390mm (21 3/4in X 15 1/4in)
 
 
Prices in $NZ 
Framed: $1,350
Stretched canvas: $1,250
Unframed: $1,000
New Zealand delivery included

Brian Moore
PO Box 527
Orewa 0946
New Zealand

Phone: 09 427 5728

International calls: +64 9 427 5728
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

broadiedawn

 

The third in a series of four paintings of New Zealand gamefish, "Broadie Dawn" is a study of a broadbill dancing in the early morning light.

Setting the scene is one of the most historically famous of all New Zealand gamefishing boats, the "Lady Doreen". Snooks Fuller, the original owner of "Lady Doreen", helped a great deal with the information and background material for the painting. To assist with getting the study of the forty-two foot, kauri hull "flying bridge" correct, he kindly lent me original photos and patiently gave me the answers I needed to many questions.

Snooks was in fact the first fisherman in the Bay of Islands to catch a broadbill since Zane Grey, some thirty-eight years earlier.

Most fishermen targeting broadbill these days go after them at night for better results, but in those early days the first three or so ever caught by Snooks were actually hooked and landed in broad daylight and not very far off shore either.
 
"Broadie Dawn" has been reproduced as a limited edition of 500 prints, using light-resistant inks on archival quality paper, and capturing all details of the original. Each one is numbered and signed by the artist. Completing the presentation is a satin black timber frame, with glass and a white double mat-board.
 
Size framed: 554 mm x 737 mm
Size unframed: 507mm x 688mm

Prices in NZ$ 
Framed $450 
Unframed $300
 
Brian Moore
PO Box 527
Orewa 0946
New Zealand

Phone: 09 427 5728

International calls: +64 9 427 5728
 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 

 

 

black

 

Powering out of the water, the Black Marlin "Going Ballistic" is the fourth in the NZ Billfish series.

I drew the original inspiration for this painting from the magnificent catch of a Black Marlin just off Cape Brett during the big Tutukaka five day tournament in 2001. I had just arrived at the club rooms to deliver some of my bronze marlin sculptures as tournament prizes and came across a bloke lying exhausted on the grass by the main entrance with a big grin on his face. He turned out to be a TV3 cameraman and told me the full story of the amazing footage he had just shot of this massive Black, caught by Brian Firman on board Striker.

Later I had the opportunity to see the very same fish mounted as a trophy head and by watching footage of the catch also, got a fuller appreciation of the size of this monster.


In my research for the ideal shot I had in mind, I actually came across a photo taken off the Cairns coast a few years ago by Peter Bristow. With a few phone calls I found him overseas and he kindly gave me permission to base the painting on his photo. Of course there is a lot more to it than sitting down and copying from a photo.  We're talking about going through stacks of game fishing magazines, whatever other photos I could lay my hands on, watching video footage, studying specimens, doing preliminary drawings, cross referencing information, and even in some cases doing a small sculpture in wax to get the right perspective information.

 

"Going Ballistic" has been reproduced as a limited edition of 500 prints, using light-resistant inks on archival quality paper, and capturing all details of the original. Each one is numbered and signed by the artist. Completing the presentation is a satin black timber frame, with glass and a white double mat-board.
 
Size framed: 554 mm x 737 mm
Size unframed: 507mm x 688mm including white border

Prices in NZ$ 
Framed $450 
Unframed $300
 
Brian Moore
PO Box 527
Orewa 0946
New Zealand

Phone: 09 427 5728

 

meatballblues

 

This underwater study of a blue marlin coming around on a meatball is the second in a series of four studies of NZ billfish.

The first painting entitled "Spat The Dummy", was of a Stripie up and tail walking, with mouth wide open having just thrown the hook and not yet realizing it's free. Issued as an edition of 500 numbered and signed prints, it is now sold out

To compose "Meatball Blues" I first of all had to gather lots of photos and magazines on the subject. Included in this research was a trip to the Whangerei Fish Museum to study specimens, and sourcing video footage of a meatball being worked by marlin. Getting the shape of the marlin correct on "deep perspective" meant actually sculpting the fish first in clay, then photographing that with the desired lighting before starting on the preliminary drawings.

The blue marlin, like other marlin, have several distinguishing features. They have a shorter dorsal fin, and are generally larger and more bulky than a striped martin. To cross check my drawing I enlisted the help of Dave Franks. Dave is a third generation gamefishing charter operator, who knows the subject like the back of his hand. Aided with his advice, I made one or two minor changes and started on the painting itself. The work was done in gouache ("gwarsh"), which is a chalk based watercolour.

Unlike traditional watercolour, gouache can be used both for nice loose wash and good solid over-painting. Gouache is often used by artists when the work is intended for reproduction because it has a flat finish and therefore is easily photographed when it comes to making the printing plates.

Long time friend and skipper of the Norseman, Phil Bendle, with whom I have enjoyed a number of days out on the water, commented, "Yes, you've got that correct for a blue. And I like the bronze colour as you've got it down the sides."

The title for the painting is of course from the viewpoint of the meatball (schooling fish) that marlin feed on.


"Meatball Blues" has been reproduced as a limited edition of 500 prints, using light-resistant inks on archival quality paper, and capturing all details of the original. Each one is numbered and signed by the artist. Completing the presentation is a satin black timber frame, with glass and a white double mat-board.
 
Size framed: 554 mm x 737 mm
Size unframed: 507mm x 688mm

Prices in NZ$ 
Framed $450 
Unframed $300
 
 
Brian Moore
PO Box 527
Orewa 0946
New Zealand

Phone: 09 427 5728

International calls: +64 9 427 5728
 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.